Rare Red Panda Receiving Human Touch

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Lincoln zookeepers are working around the clock to hand-raise a newborn red panda whose mother became unable to care for him.

Three zookeepers at the Lincoln Children's Zoo are feeding the 6-week-old cub named Lincoln with a doll-sized bottle. A sock bunny and stuffed animal are serving as surrogate siblings in his incubated space.

The cub developed a wound after his mother began excessively carrying him and cleaning him a few weeks after his July 26th birth. Zookeepers separated them out of concern that the constant licking could lead to an infection.

Lincoln is only one of four red panda cubs in the country being hand-raised. Like his brothers Rusty and Wayne, he will eventually move to another zoo. Zookeepers named him Lincoln so he can represent the zoo and state of Nebraska when he goes to a new home.

Lincoln currently weighs less than two pounds and will need to be hand-fed for about six more weeks.

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