Melbourne Zoo’s sensational new members ‘Keta’ and ‘Mandu’, named after Nepal

Red Panda
The brothers were made public on March 2 by their keepers at Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo has named its latest members, two sensational little Red Pandas, Keta and Mandu. Australians will be forgiven to find the names little out place because both relate to Nepal, the country where Red Pandas are found in the wild.

Keta means ‘boy’ in the Nepalese language while the Mandu is the shortened version of the capital city of the Himalayan nation, Kathmandu.

Their forefathers may have roamed the alpine mountain flanks of Nepal but the twins are born Aussies! Their mother, Roshani, gave birth to  them on December 10 at the Melbourne Zoo which is one of fourteen different zoos around the world committed to saving the species. Only less than ten thousand Red Pandas are left on the planet.

The furry celebrities from the Himalayas: Visitors take pictures of the twin as they debuted at the Mebourne Zoo
The furry celebrities from the Himalayas: Visitors take pictures of the twin as they debuted at the Mebourne Zoo

According to a press statement of the zoo, Dr. Christina Cheng vaccinated the cubs and also microchipped them, to provide an ID for each twin’s health record. The check-up confirmed that both cubs were ketas, that is, male, following which their keepers named the two charming creatures.  Red Panda cubs are born blind and helpless, and their furry coats are initially grey. They are not weaned until they are about five months old, the zoo said.

There are different monikers for these furry mammals such as lesser panda, red bear-cat, and red cat-bear. According to Wikipedia, Red Pandas have been classified as endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

The Panda duo were a hit when they made the debuty entry into the public life today.

Apart from Nepal, Red Pandas are also found in the eastern Himalayan range of India, Bhutan and southern China.

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