Milwaukee zoo visitors get first glimpse of red panda cub

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The public is getting its first glimpse of new red panda cub at the Milwaukee County Zoo in the United States (US).

Kiki made her first public appearance on Friday. She was born in June to father Dash and mother Dr Erin Curry, who was named after a Cincinnati Zoo reproductive physiologist.

The pair had their first cub in June of 2018, the first ever born at the zoo. That panda, named Dr Lily Parkinson, went to the Nashville zoo in April.

Red pandas are found in the mountains of Nepal, northern Myanmar and central China.

They are considered to be endangered due to deforestation, poaching and trapping. Researchers estimate there are fewer than 2,500 adult red pandas in the wild.

Milwaukee County Zoo supervisor Katie Kuhn said every birth is important so that people can connect and take steps to help the animals.

Kiki a red panda in the pandas’ outdoor exhibit at the Milwaukee County Zoo in Milwaukee. PHOTO: AP