Male Red Panda Shredder at Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown (Pennsylvania) has died last week due to a heart disease. According to a statement of the zoo the veterinarian and zookeepers performed an emergency evaluation because Shredder showed labored breathing. Despite medical treatment, he died within a few hours.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce that red panda Shredder passed away earlier this week from heart disease. Since his arrival to the zoo in 2015, Shredder made a definite impact among all of us that cared for him and all of you that came to visit him. He will be deeply missed.⠀ ⠀ Visit our Facebook for the full release. Link in bio.⠀ ⠀ ????: Betsy Manning @templephotobetsy
An autopsy showed that the 2-year-old Red Panda had an enlarged heart, thickened heart walls and pulmonary edema. The Elmwood Park Zoo has now scheduled a heart examination for Shredder’s brother Slash.
“Research from zoos across the country shows that heart disease such as cardiomyopathy can be a common cause of death in young red pandas,” said Dr. Adam Denish, Elmwood Park Zoo’s veterinarian.
In Dezember 2015 Shredder’s brother Clinger died of a meningoencephalitis (brain inflammation) likely caused by a parasite.
The three brothers came in spring 2015 from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute to Elmwood Park Zoo.
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