New York zoo reveals twin red panda cubs

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The Rosamond Gifford Zoo has revealed its two newest red pandas.

The twin male cubs were born to Ketu, the father, and Tabei, the mother.

The staff indicated that the cubs were born in the zoo back on June 21.

The little cubs are part of a much larger effort aimed at helping the endangered species survive and thrive.

Biologists estimate there are fewer than 10,000 left in the wild, so zoo staff say breeding in captivity helps secure the future of the species.

“Our whole basis is to create a population that’s genetically viable so that if there’s a crisis in the wild, and the population crashed, in  any one location even, we would have a population that we’ve responsibly managed,” said Zoo Director Ted Fox.

The cubs will stay out of the spotlight, while keepers make sure they thrive in the zoo environment, but later this year, visitors will be able to see the cubs for themselves.

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