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Panda Updates – Wednesday, June 16

Hopefully you aren’t tired of seeing posts about Jackie’s birthday yet, because I have just one more for you! In case you didn’t see all over the Zoo’s social media networks (or in person), we celebrated Jackie’s 4th birthday on June 14. I think we had just as much fun as Jackie did! He got some of his favorite treats hidden in boxes that Keeper Trish made for him. However, he decided that the boxes weren’t just good at hiding food, but they also made good places to sit in. He even tried to climb into one of the boxes while I was holding it up for him. I also made him an ice “cake” in the shape of a 4 that contained some of his favorite treats. His “cake” consisted of ice that was dyed with food coloring, grapes, and blueberries. As it melted, he was able to dig into it for the fruit, but we also caught him sitting on and scent marking it. I guess red pandas have other ways of enjoying their birthday cakes than humans do. Hopefully you enjoyed following along for Jackie’s big day, and be sure to stay tuned in a few months for the giant pandas’ birthdays that are coming up!

(photo: Megan H.)

Megan H.
Keeper I, Mammals

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