Cancer claims red panda at Pueblo Zoo

PUEBLO, Colo. - The Pueblo Zoo announced the death of its male red panda, Damien, on Tuesday.

The zoo says Damien succumbed to a large, inoperable tumor. 

The average lifespan for a red panda in the wild is eight years. They sometimes live into their teens in captivity. Damien was 10.

The zoo noted that just a week ago it shared photos on Facebook of Damien training, happily eating grapes and showing no symptoms.

The zoo says wild animals often hide illness as a survival technique.


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