Zoo officials say a Red Panda cub is making a strong recovery with the help of a surrogate mum and a cuddly soft toy.
The keeper at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Tamara Gillies, is providing care to the two-month-old cub, after it sustained a neck injury while being carried in its mother's mouth.
The female cub, who keepers have named "Maiya", is now thriving thanks to veterinary care and regular bottle feeds from Tamara.
"It was a hard choice as we'd always prefer a cub to be raised by its mother," said Tamara. "She's guzzling down her milk formula, she's gaining weight every day and the wound on her neck has almost completely healed."
Say hello to Maiya, a Red Panda cub who is making a remarkable recovery with the help of a special surrogate mum. Taronga keeper, Tamara is providing round-the-clock care to the two-month-old cub, after she sustained a neck injury while being carried in her mother’s mouth. Maiya is now thriving thanks to veterinary care and regular bottle feeds and keepers are taking steps to gradually reintroduce her to her parents.
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