Thursday 8 December 2022
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Syracuse Zoo Proudly Announces the Birth of Two Baby Pandas

Sleeping giant panda babySyracuse residents are excited to spend some koala-ty time with two baby pandas that were recently born at the city zoo.

According to, the Syracuse Zoo recently announced the birth of two male red panda cubs named Pumori and Rohan.

The cubs got their unique names from two completely different places. Pumori is named after a mountain in the Himalayas, while Rohan means “ascend” in Sanskrit.

They are the first cubs for mother Tabei and father Ketu, popular pandas at the zoo who came to America from New Zealand two years ago.

The news comes on the heels of another panda-rific story. According to ABC News, the oldest-known panda in the world, Pan Pan, recently celebrated his 30th birthday in a Chinese nature reserve.

While experts say that household pets, like dogs and cats that are younger than 10 years old, should visit a veterinarian annually, Pumori and Rohan will be tended to much more often. Staff at the zoo took a “hands off” approach with the cubs for the first 10 days, but are gradually giving them more attention to make sure they’re staying healthy.

Surprisingly enough, the zoo has said that the red panda is not closely related to the giant panda despite their similar appearance. It actually belongs to the same family as the weasel, raccoon, and skunk.

The baby cubs will be on exhibit at the Syracuse Zoo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. near the café area. Make sure to get there early for a good look at them — these adorable critters are sure to cause mass panda-monium.