KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Knoxville Zoo wants your help naming their two new red panda cubs! The cute little cubs, a boy and a girl, were born on June 1 and are about ready to brave the world outside the next box. Anyone can make a suggestion from which zoo officials will pick the finalists and ask the public to vote on them.
Zoo officials are encouraging people to submit names that pay homage to the red pandas' native range in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal, India, and China, or ones that reflect their birthplace in East Tennessee.
Only 11 weeks-old, the cubs are already beginning to show distinct personality traits, zoo officials said. They said the female cub is quite feisty, and does not hesitate to demonstrate her ferocity with an intimidating “huff-quack”-a cross between a hiss and a bark- to keep strangers at bay.
Her brother, on thhe other hand, appears to have inherited the easy-going personality of his father, Madan, and does not let anything “ruffle his fur”.
The cubs are doing well, being reared by their first-time mother, Scarlett. Their births brings the total number of cubs born at the Knoxville Zoo to 106, making it one of the toop two zoos in the world for breeding red pandas.
Red pandas are endangered, mainly because their native habitat is being destroyed.