The Assiniboine Park Zoo is now home to three red pandas, after a female cub was born June 30 to parents Rufus and Rouge.
Zoo staff say potential names for the cub include:
- Mya, meaning 'emerald.'
- Anika, meaning 'beautiful' or graceful.'
- Kiah, meaning 'from the beautiful place.'
- Zhin, meaning 'treasure.'
Saturday, September 15, is International Red Panda Day, during which the curious can cast their vote on the cub's new name by visiting the zoo between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., or the Assiniboine Park Zoo's Facebook page, where voting will be open until 9 p.m. on Monday, September 17, after which the new name will be announced to the public.
The red panda's natural habitat stretches through Nepal, India, Bhutan, Myanmar and southwestern China.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the species as "vulnerable," with a remaining population of around 10,000.