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Watch: Red panda celebrates 10th birthday at Birmingham Zoo

Sorrel, a female red panda at the Birmingham Zoo, has had a tough time of it over the last year.

In March, Sorrel’s fellow red panda at the zoo passed away suddenly.

Parker, a four-year-old male, was found deceased one morning with no obvious physical injuries or any indication of illness.

Parker the red panda (Courtesy: Scott Kayser, the Birmingham Zoo)

Sorrel experienced another tragedy in June 2019.

Almost a year ago exactly, Sorrel gave birth to a stillborn cub. This came days before her ninth birthday.

This week, however, brought a much happier milestone.

On Monday, Sorrel celebrated her 10th birthday.

In a video posted on social media by the zoo, she can be seen enjoying an animal-friendly birthday cake.


The zoo also reopened last week for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic hit Alabama. Read more about the zoo’s current operations here.

Red pandas are listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List.

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