Delightful deja vu: 2nd red panda goes public at GR zoo

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Visitors to John Ball Zoo can now get a double dose of cute as a second red panda makes her public debut.

The female red panda named Wasabi arrived at the zoo in April. Zoo workers say she’s spent the past month getting to know her male counterpart behind the scenes while employees modified their habitat to include a viewing window for the possible addition of red panda cubs.

John Ball Zoo says the introductions went smoothly. When they returned to their exhibit, Wyatt scent marked the space while a reserved Wasabi gradually explored her new home.

The zoo says since red pandas are typically solitary creatures, Wyatt and Wasabi may not be on display together all the time.

Wyatt, who was born at the Bronx Zoo in 2012, arrived at the zoo in 2017. Wasabi, 2, came from Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

>>Photos: Wyatt the red panda

Red pandas have become endangered because of poaching and habitat loss. Fewer than 2,500 adult red pandas are believed to exit in the wild.

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