A red panda gave birth to two baby cubs last week, which makes it the first time a red panda has been pregnant in 24 years.
A video posted to the zoo’s social media shows panda mother Ila caring for the cubs who were born July 14.
We are excited to announce that our red panda Ila gave birth to two healthy cubs in the late afternoon of Tuesday, July 14 🐾 .
— The Toronto Zoo (@TheTorontoZoo) July 17, 2020
In an Instagram statement, the Wildlife Care Keeps say, “Both mom and cubs are doing well. While the first few weeks are critical to the cub’s survival, we are cautiously optimistic based on the activity we are observing on the cameras.”
Here’s the mum getting an ultrasound:
Keepers started training Ila for ultrasounds well before we knew she and Suva were expecting! By standing on a T-stand and feeling the sensation of the ultrasound probe, actual ultrasounds were seamless. Watch to see footage of her two cubs! 🐾 #TrainingTuesday #BabyReds pic.twitter.com/JMMyKFj5BF
— The Toronto Zoo (@TheTorontoZoo) July 7, 2020