Adorable red panda cub recovers after neck injury

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.

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Celebrations from the Taronga Zoo's 100th birthday
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Celebrations from the Taronga Zoo's 100th birthday

The Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge can be seen behind giraffes as they eat leaves shaped into the number 100 during centenary celebrations at Sydney's Taronga Zoo, Australia, October 7, 2016.

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A zookeeper holds a turtle during birthday celebrations at Taronga Zoo on October 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Today marks exactly 100 years since the Zoo first opened its gates in Mosman on 7 October, 1916.

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Munro the fairy penguin prepares to cut the ribbon during birthday celebrations at Taronga Zoo on October 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Today marks exactly 100 years since the Zoo first opened its gates in Mosman on 7 October, 1916.

(Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

A giant light sculpture of a Sumatran rhino is driven through the central business district of Sydney to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of Taronga Zoo on October 15, 2016. The parade of ten giant animal light sculptures represented 10 of the most endangered species in the world to highlight the conservation efforts of Taronga Zoo.

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Australian school children form the number 100 in the giraffe enclosure as two giraffes (R) look on during an event marking the 100th anniversary of Sydney's Taronga Zoo, September 15, 2016.

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A tower of giraffes graze on food during birthday celebrations at Taronga Zoo on October 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Today marks exactly 100 years since the Zoo first opened its gates in Mosman on 7 October, 1916.

(Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

Giraffes pose for photos with the backdrop of the Sydney Opera House during birthday celebrations at Taronga Zoo on October 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Today marks exactly 100 years since the Zoo first opened its gates in Mosman on 7 October, 1916.

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A tortoise is held by a keeper outside the entrance during birthday celebrations at Taronga Zoo on October 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Today marks exactly 100 years since the Zoo first opened its gates in Mosman on 7 October, 1916.

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A memory of elephants graze inside their enclosure during birthday celebrations at Taronga Zoo on October 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Today marks exactly 100 years since the Zoo first opened its gates in Mosman on 7 October, 1916.

(Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

Munro the fairy penguin prepares to cut the ribbon as David Hurley (1st R) and other dignitaries look on during birthday celebrations at Taronga Zoo on October 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Today marks exactly 100 years since the Zoo first opened its gates in Mosman on 7 October, 1916.

(Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

XXX during birthday celebrations at Taronga Zoo on October 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Today marks exactly 100 years since the Zoo first opened its gates in Mosman on 7 October, 1916.

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A tower of giraffes wander inside their enclosure during birthday celebrations at Taronga Zoo on October 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Today marks exactly 100 years since the Zoo first opened its gates in Mosman on 7 October, 1916.

(Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

Children pat an echidna during birthday celebrations at Taronga Zoo on October 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Today marks exactly 100 years since the Zoo first opened its gates in Mosman on 7 October, 1916.

(Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

A zookeeper holds a snake close to curious onlookers during birthday celebrations at Taronga Zoo on October 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Today marks exactly 100 years since the Zoo first opened its gates in Mosman on 7 October, 1916.

(Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

A giant light sculpture of a platypus is driven through the central business district of Sydney to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of Taronga Zoo on October 15, 2016. The parade of ten giant animal light sculptures represented 10 of the most endangered species in the world to highlight the conservation efforts of Taronga Zoo.

(PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Pangolin float during the parade celebrating 100 years of Taronga Zoo on October 15, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The parade will recreate the historical moment 100 years ago, when the animals of Taronga Zoo marched from Moore Park to Taronga Zoo's new site in Mosman.

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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."

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