A female red panda cub weighing about a third of a pound was born Monday at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, the zoo announced today.
This is the third litter of cubs to be born at the zoo since 1997, the zoo said in a statement. None of the three cubs born in 2012 and 2013 lived longer than two weeks, and about half of all cubs born in zoos die within 30 days of birth, the statement said.
To improve the cub's chances of survival, it said, the pathway in front of the red panda exhibit has been closed to zoo guests.
"We are monitoring the cub and are cautiously optimistic at this point," said Shelley Scherer, area manager, in the statement. "But there are still many challenges ahead for this little cub."
If the cub survives, guests are unlikely to see it outside of the nest box until sometime in August or September, Scherer said.
The zoo said it would post updates on its website and social media accounts.