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Four new red panda cub pairs born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

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FRONT ROYAL, Va. (WJLA) – The Smithsonian just got a lot more cute: four pairs of red panda cubs were born within the last five weeks, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute announced Wednesday.

Red panda Regan gave birth to two cubs June 16, 2014. One cub was stillborn; the other is being hand-reared to increase the chances of survival. The surviving cub is currently in critical condition and receiving round-the-clock care. (Photo: Janice Sveda/Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute)

Shama, the mate of red panda Rusty, who escaped from the last year, gave birth to three cubs on June 26. The cubs are the first litter sired by Rusty, according to the Smithsonian. The three additional litters were: two cubs born on May 27 to female red panda Yanhua and male red panda Sherman; two cubs to female Regan and male Rocco, one of which was stillborn while the other is currently in critical condition; and two cubs born on June 18 to female Low Mei and male Angus, one of which died shortly after birth.

Smithsonian Zoo Keepers are observing the cubs via a camera. The cubs, the Smithsonian said, appear to be healthy.

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