nb_cid nb_clickOther -tt-nb this.style.behavior='url(#default#homepage)';this.setHomePage('http://www.aol.com/?mtmhp=acm50ieupgradebanner_112313 network-banner-empty upgradeBanner
14
Search AOL Mail
AOL Mail
Video
Video
AOL Favorites
Favorites
Menu

Major loss for National Zoo: Red panda 'Shama' euthanized

Smithsonian Zoo's Panda Sharma Dies Of Infection, Leaving 3 Baby Pandas


FRONT ROYAL, Va. (AP/WJLA) - The National Zoo says a female red panda has been euthanized at a conservation center in Virginia after suffering brain swelling associated with a microscopic parasite.

The 7-year-old red panda named Shama died over the weekend.

"Shama's death is a big loss for all of us and for those who study and care for red pandas everywhere," said National Zoo Director Dennis Kelly.

She became well known at the zoo as the mate of Rusty, who escaped the National Zoo last year. Shama gave birth to three cubs earlier this summer but developed a brain disorder that "quickly progressed."

"Shama was euthanized due to her worsening clinical condition and poor neurological function, which was likely attributed to accumulation of fluid in the brain," the Zoo said in a statement Monday.

Shama, Rusty and the cubs were housed at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal.

Zookeepers say Shama's three cubs are now being hand-reared by animal keepers. The cubs are active, but one is smaller than the others and is being treated for pneumonia.

Related Searches:
San Francisco Zoo
Red Panda
Rare Animals
Euthanasia
Famous Zoo Animals
Animal Planet

More to see:
Experienced rock climber dies after proposing to girlfriend
City refuses to allow pregnant police officer to work desk job
Hero jogger Rebecca saves kids from Mass. reservoir

Join the discussion

1000|Char. 1000  Char.
mgocean95 August 20 2014 at 2:44 PM

A blessing to sadly put her down rather than suffer needlessly.

All animals do NOT belong in captivity such as zoos, acquariums or any purpose for human entertainment.

Flag Reply +12 rate up
1 reply
ilenedan2 mgocean95 August 20 2014 at 3:02 PM

If it were not for zoos, sadly Pandas would no longer exist as they are unable to survive in the wild.

Flag Reply +4 rate up
1 reply
CHEYWOLF65 ilenedan2 August 20 2014 at 3:17 PM

That's because humans are destroying the earth.

Flag +1 rate up
josephplantemoli August 20 2014 at 4:46 PM

GOD BLESS YOU LITTLE SHAMA, I AM SO SORRY THIS HAPPENED TO YOU. I HOPE YOU ARE AT PEACE NOW AND NO PAIN. IT IS NOT FAIR SHE COULD NOT RAISE HER LITTLE BABIES, SO VERY SORRY SHAMA. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS STORY AND WISH YOU PEACE AND HAPPINESS. GOD BLESS YOU DEAR SWEET SHAMA AND BABIES ALSO.

Flag Reply +10 rate up
1 reply
Maureen A. Hechler josephplantemoli August 20 2014 at 5:46 PM

What a sweetie Shama was. I hope her babies survive. This makes me sad.

Flag Reply 0 rate up
jag4metoo August 20 2014 at 1:43 PM

RIP Shama what a beautiful face she had

Flag Reply +10 rate up
vwmeow August 20 2014 at 1:07 PM

RIP Shama!

Flag Reply +9 rate up
1 reply
Pamela vwmeow August 20 2014 at 2:49 PM

She was so pretty. I'm assuming they did not feed her to the big cats!! , like that other shameless zoo did to the beautiful giraff they bred and raised. I still cringe about that. I so hope that the babies will heartily survive. God bless 'em.

Flag Reply 0 rate up
1 reply
William J Pamela August 20 2014 at 10:25 PM

She diseased so it is unlikely she was fed to the cats.

Flag 0 rate up
Maria Piña-Hawk August 20 2014 at 1:59 PM

Ah poor baby, rest in peace sweet Red :"(

Flag Reply +9 rate up
rwilliamhoward August 20 2014 at 1:15 PM

Poor baby... I hope the Cubs survive well.

Flag Reply +8 rate up
PERFORATOR August 20 2014 at 4:05 PM

Eric Holder and Al Sharpton will be along any minute now to tell us which white racist cop did this.

Flag Reply +7 rate up
10 replies
no7hingpersonal August 20 2014 at 2:00 PM

Rest in paradise baby

Flag Reply +7 rate up
rmg237 August 20 2014 at 3:51 PM

so sad

Flag Reply +5 rate up
Kim August 20 2014 at 3:52 PM

Time to stop the captivity of animals for our amusement

Flag Reply +2 rate up
3 replies
aol~~ 1209600

Voting...

More From Our Partners