Red Panda from National Zoo Euthanized after Encephalitis Infection

August 19, 2014 2:41 PM

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On Monday, zoo officials euthanized a red panda known as the mate of the younger male panda, Rusty, who escaped last year from the National Zoo.

At 7, Shama had given birth to three cubs on June 26. However, she had developed the neurological condition encephalitis by Wednesday, which developed rather quickly. By Saturday, officials had made the decision to put her to sleep, according to USA Today.

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