Red panda makes thunderous debut at Oklahoma City Zoo
KayDee, a four-month-old red panda, was born the night the Oklahoma City Thunder won the Western Conference Championship, and she was named in honor of Kevin Durant.
“Complications can include the mother not producing enough milk because they are easily stressed,” she said. “Ringworm can be carried in the mouth of the mother and that can be fatal. They can develop pneumonia. We have to be very careful to pick up on any changes in her habits.”
The sixth-month mark will be a critical milestone for KayDee because of changes in diet.
“That's another time when we see a spike in mortality rate,” Newton said. “It's difficult for them to get off milk and start eating solids. Moms do it cold turkey, and they to figure it out fast.”
Still, zoo staff are optimistic based on past results. At two weeks, KayDee was as heavy as she should have been at five weeks.
“She's done everything with flying colors,” Newton said. “We feel pretty good about her getting through these stages of life.”
News Photo Galleriesview all
- 13976Oklahoma tornadoes: The 'Big Dog,' the little boy and the hug that triumphs over tragedy
- 9656Finding Addyson – One family's struggle in the Moore tornado
- 9589Oklahoma tornadoes: Cost, custom keep basements scarce
- 8454Oklahoma tornadoes: Plaza Towers Elementary School teacher shoved students into bathroom as wall collapsed
- 6577Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill to join Blake Shelton at "Healing in the Heartland" Oklahoma tornado benefit
- 6030Oklahoma tornadoes: Woman meets the military officer who shared the clothes off his back
- 5383Story behind the photo: Family members describe desperate search for one another after EF5 twister