Red panda from National Zoo dies of encephalitis

August 18, 2014 11:50 PM

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Red panda from National Zoo dies of encephalitis

FRONT ROYAL, Va. — A red panda best known as the mate of a younger male who escaped last year from the National Zoo was euthanized over the weekend, zoo officials said Monday.

Shama, 7, gave birth to three cubs June 26 but developed a neurological disorder Wednesday that progressed quickly, zoo officials said in a press release. By Saturday, officials said they had to make the decision to put her down.

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