by Carlos E. Castañeda

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The San Francisco Zoo is set to have one of its newest residents, a 10-month old red panda, make its public debut.

The SF Zoo says the male red panda cub will make his debut on May 10th in a custom tree house built by a crew from the Animal Planet show Treehouse Masters.

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Red pandas, native to the eastern Himalayas and western China, are more closely related to the weasel family than the giant panda, and normally grow to be slightly larger than a domestic cat.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources says red pandas are classified as a vulnerable species threatened by loss of habitat, poaching and inbreeding depression.

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The Animal Planet appearance by the new SF Zoo baby will be televised sometime in June.


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