In this photo provided by the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, twin red pandas huddle with each other at the zoo Tuesday, July 31, 2018 in Syracuse, N.Y. Belonging to an endangered species found in Asia, the male cubs, born on June 21, 2018, to the zoo's breeding pair of red pandas, mother Tabei and father Ketu, have been named Loofah and Doofah after characters in "The Land Before Time" animated dinosaur film series. (Rosamond Gifford Zoo via AP)

Upstate NY zoo announces birth of twin red panda cubs

July 31, 2018 - 10:31 am

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Officials at an upstate New York zoo have announced the birth of twin red pandas, an endangered species found in Asia.

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney announced Tuesday that the male cubs were born at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, in Syracuse, on June 21.

Zookeepers have named them Loofah and Doofah after characters in "The Land Before Time" animated dinosaur film series.

The cubs were born to the zoo's breeding pair of red pandas, mother Tabei (TAH'-bay) and father Ketu (KEE'-too). Zoo officials say keepers are bottle-feeding the cubs after Tabei showed difficulty in caring for them.

It's her third set of cubs since 2015. Her other four cubs have been sent to four U.S. zoos.

Fewer than 10,000 red pandas are believed to be living in forested areas of the Himalayas.

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