Red panda at River Safari dies

Poonya, a female red panda
Poonya, a female red pandaPHOTO: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

One of the three red pandas at the River Safari has died after suffering from a gut infection. Poonya, a female red panda, had been under treatment for the infection since Jan 7, said the Wildlife Reserves Singapore, which manages the River Safari, in a statement yesterday. Despite 24-hour care, it died on Wednesday. It was five years old.

Poonya arrived at the River Safari in 2012, together with a male red panda named Puska. Both were from the Johannesburg Zoo in South Africa. With Poonya's death, the Wildlife Reserves Singapore is left with two male red pandas. A red panda has a lifespan of between 10 and 14 years in captivity, longer than the eight years they have in the wild.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 16, 2016, with the headline 'Red panda at River Safari dies'. Print Edition | Subscribe