'Mahlia' Chosen As Red Panda Cub's Name

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

July 23, 2014 Updated Jul 23, 2014 at 10:26 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - A name has been chosen for a red panda cub born at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.

Maliha, a girl, was born June 9, and is the first red panda cub born in the last three years to survive past two weeks. Nearly half of all red panda cubs die within 30 days of birth.

Maliha means "strong and beautiful" in Nepalese. Red pandas are native to Nepal and China.

Zoo officials say Maliha is thriving, but is still weaning off her mother's milk to solid food. Maliha now weighs about 1.25 lbs., which is about quadruple her birth weight.

For now, the red panda exhibit is closed to zoo guests as Maliha continues to grow. But you can click on the video provided by Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.




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