“According to an organizational release,1 on Saturday, October 22nd at the beginning and end-of-day check-ins, the cub displayed no signs of illness. However, on Sunday morning, the wildlife care staff heard the cub vocalizing and then discovered he was lying on his side and extremely weak. He was immediately sent to the Wildlife Health Centre for treatment by the Toronto Zoo veterinary team and put on oxygen, administered fluids, given antibiotics, and warmed up as his temperature was low. Though stable for a brief period, he then suddenly stopped breathing and had no pulse. Resuscitation attempts were futile.”
Even weirder, another red panda died recently in Pueblo Zoo:
“Rusty, the red panda known across the country for his escape from the Smithsonian National Zoo, died earlier this month at age 10 at the Pueblo Zoo.
The zoo does not yet know the cause of death, said Sandy Morrison, marketing and communications manager for the Pueblo Zoo, but his death on Oct. 14 was “very unexpected.”
Poor little thing…