Adorable Red Panda Cub Siblings Make Public Debut At Chicago Zoo

The adorable brother and sister duo were not camera shy when they made their first public appearance at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Two red panda siblings made their public debut on Thursday at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. They’re the zoo’s first ever red panda cubs.

Two red panda siblings made their public debut on Thursday at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. They're the zoo's first ever red panda cubs.

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Addison, a girl cub, and Clark, her brother, were born on June 26.

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The baby animals were named in honor of the Chicago Cubs, who play at Wrigley Field, which is located at the intersection of Addison and Clark Street.

The baby animals were named in honor of the Chicago Cubs, who play at Wrigley Field, which is located at the intersection of Addison and Clark Street.

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The siblings’ parents came to the zoo in February. A 3-year-old male, named Phoenix, and 5-year-old Leafa, were quickly interested in one another.

Leafa

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Phoenix

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On Thursday, the cubs took their first venture into their new habitat, called the Kovler Lion House, and they certainly weren’t timid anymore.

Adorable Red Panda Cub Siblings Make Public Debut At Chicago Zoo
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The cubs were eager to explore, along with the help of their mom, even kissing the camera at one point.

Adorable Red Panda Cub Siblings Make Public Debut At Chicago Zoo
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“The red panda cubs continue to grow in size but also in how vocal they are, their activity level and curiosity levels,” Curator of Mammals Mark Kamhout said.

Red pandas are native to the Himalayan mountain ranges of China, Nepal, India, Burma and Bhutan. They are skilled climbers, moving from treetops to eat bamboo shoots and leaves.

Red pandas are considered a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature due to poaching and habitat loss.

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