Attica Zoological Park welcomes new unnamed red panda

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A rare red panda has been born in Attica Zoological Park in Spata, east of Athens.

Keeping his birth a secret for two months, the unnamed new addition was presented to the public for the first-time during celebrations for Red Panda Day.

Following this presentation, the Zoological Park launched a poll on social media asking the public to select a name for the new resident by September 29. At present some of the suggestions include Mai, Aiko, Nami or Ban.

Currently, the red panda, native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China, is listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List, with fewer than 20,000 estimated to be left.

According to the head keeper of mammals Antonis Balas, the aim of the Attica Zoological Park was to help preserve endangered specifies by implementing successful breeding programs.  

Source: Ekathimerini

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