PHILADELPHIA (AP) â€” A pair of baby red pandas at the Philadelphia Zoo have been named after two of the city's most famous residents: Betsy & Benjamin.
Zoo officials said Friday that the monikers, which pay homage to Betsy Ross & Benjamin Franklin, received overwhelming support in a public naming contest.
Officials say the cubs' birth on June 26 was significant for red panda conservation, since the species is considered vulnerable in the wild. The brother & sister made their public debut Nov. 18.
p>Unlike giant pandas, red pandas are not members of the bear family. They are slightly larger than domestic cats & look similar to raccoons. They are native to Asia.
Source: “Associated Press”