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Red panda to make public debut soon at Decatur zoo

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DECATUR, Ill. (Associated Press) - The Scovill Zoo in Decatur says visitors will be able to see a new red panda as soon as next month.

Tusa (TOOH-suh) was born June 27 at the zoo. He is the first red panda born there.

Keeper Amanda Ott tells The Herald & Review in Decatur that the red panda spends most of his time in what's called a nesting box. She expects him to start making appearances visible to the public in late September.

Red pandas' native range runs from Nepal into parts of China. They can live to be 12 years old or older in captivity.

The new panda and his parents are part of a species survival program through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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