Red Panda Damien dies unexpectedly from cancer

red panda damien pueblo zoo photo mike byers

Last week he was actively training but Damien suffered from cancer. Photo: Mike Byers

This week the Pueblo Zoo in Colorado has announced the unexpected death of their male Red Panda Damien. He was 10 years old and suffered from a large inoperable cancerous tumor.

Showing no symptoms

According to a statement of the zoo the very popular and charismatic Red Panda didn’t show any symptoms and was even training actively because “wild animals often hide signs of illness as a survival technique”.


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In the wild Red Pandas live about 8 years. Last year we reported about the life expectancy of Red Pandas in captivity.