Red panda triplets Rose, Ruby and Willow leaving John Ball Zoo

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Triplets Rose, Ruby and Willow — John Ball Zoo’s 1-year-old red pandas — are leaving home.

“There comes a time when children leave their childhood home and move on to create a future of their own. Well, that time has come for the red panda cubs at JBZ,” the Grand Rapids zoo said in a Thursday release.

The triplets were born on June 25, 2020, to parents Wasabi and Wyatt. The two are part of a breeding program to help save the endangered red panda.

The John Ball Zoo participates in the Red Panda Species Survival Plan and the triplets are being moved to the zoo in Knoxville, Tennessee, as part of that plan.

“Though we are incredibly sad to see them go, it has been a memorable highlight for many watching these three through their first year of life,” John Ball Zoo said.

Guests can still see the red pandas through Sunday, Aug. 22.

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