Zoo baby alert: Cat adopts newborn panda

Thursday 17 July 2008 18.02
'Mother' & Panda - The red panda, currently the size of a kitten, will grow to be slightly bigger than her adopted mother
'Mother' & Panda - The red panda, currently the size of a kitten, will grow to be slightly bigger than her adopted mother

A newborn red panda rejected by its mother in Amsterdam's Artis zoo has been adopted by a domestic cat.

The cat is nursing the red panda, currently about the size of a kitten, along with her own four kittens, zoo officials said.

The red panda was born on 30 June and rejected by its mother soon afterwards. Red pandas look like raccoons and when fully grown are slightly larger than a domestic cat - substantially smaller than the black and white giant panda.

'They are skilful climbers that, when not foraging on the ground, spend most of their time in the trees curled up with their long, bushy tails wrapped around their heads,' the World Wildlife Fund conservation charity said on its website.

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