Hoorah! Two baby red pandas born over the summer are now on view in Brooklyn.
The Wildlife Conservation Society announced that the red panda cubs, one male and one female, "have made their public debut" at the Prospect Park Zoo and offered this description of the wee ones:
Red panda cubs are born with a very soft, plush light brown coat that eventually becomes more coarse. They reach adulthood at around 18 months. Adult red pandas have reddish-brown and black coats. They have an adaptation on their wrists that acts much like a thumb and enables them to grasp food items like bamboo as well as tree branches.
But really, JUST LOOK AT THEIR ADORABLE FUZZY FACES!
Further, the WCS notes its "successful history breeding red pandas at the Bronx, Central Park, and Prospect Park Zoos as part of the Species Survival Plan, a cooperative breeding program administered by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums designed to enhance the genetic viability and demographic stability of animal populations in accredited zoos." Bonus facts: The Brooklyn red pandas are a subspecies from the eastern portion of the Himalayas, while the ones at the Bronx Zoo and Central Park zoo are a subspecies from the western part of their Himalayan range.