15 Ridiculously Cute Photos Of A Hand-Reared Baby Red Panda

Born in June, this cub is hand-fed four times a day and receives around-the-clock care at the Smithsonian Institute to ensure his survival. Keepers say he is thriving.

1. Born on June 16, 2014, this little red panda is being hand-reared at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and is thriving, according to the Smithsonian National Zoo.

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2. The mother, Regan, gave birth to two cubs on June 16.

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3. One was stillborn, but this little guy made it.

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4. Although he was in critical condition, so zookeepers took every precaution to ensure his survival.

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5. He has been hand-fed and receives 24-hour care.

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6. The cub is now 7 weeks old and eating well, according to his keepers.

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7. He is fed four times a day.

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8. And now weighs 785 grams.

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9. Red pandas typically give birth to litters of four cubs after about four-and-a-half months of pregnancy.

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10. Cubs are usually raised by their mothers and stay in the nest until they are 90 days old.

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11. Including this birth, ten cubs were born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute this year, and seven survived.

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12. Overall, more than 100 red pandas have been born at SCBI and 60 of them have survived.

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13. Red pandas are considered vulnerable, largely due to habitat loss in their native China, Nepal, and northern Myanmar.

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14. About 10,000 red pandas live in the wild.

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15. Luckily, this cutie is thriving at SCBI as he receives constant love and attention.

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