Red panda babies debut in Philadelphia; names sought

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Philadelphia — Two baby red pandas have made their debut at the Philadelphia Zoo.

The public got its first look at the brother and sister cubs on Wednesday morning.

Officials at the zoo say the June 26 birth was important for red panda conservation, since the species is considered vulnerable in the wild.

The zoo is asking for help naming the duo, and suggestions can be emailed to or submitted on the zoo’s Facebook page.

Unlike giant pandas, red pandas are not members of the bear family. They are slightly larger than domestic cats and look similar to raccoons. They are native to Asia.

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