Atlanta Zoo red panda dies after sudden illness - CBS46 News

Atlanta Zoo red panda dies after sudden illness

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Atlanta Zoo officials confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Shandy, the zoo's red panda, died Monday night. She had been a member of the Zoo Atlanta family since October 2008. 

Shandy came down with a sudden illness on Monday and spent the night in the zoo's veterinary hospital. Tests are still being conducted to determine what caused the illness and death. 

"We had been treating Shandy since the onset of her symptoms yesterday, but unfortunately she passed before we were able to discern the root cause of her illness," said Hayley Murphy, DVM, Director of Veterinary Services. 

Shandy was born June 9, 2000, at Knoxville Zoological Gardens, she lived at he Potter Park Zoo prior to her arrival at Zoo Atlanta. 

Red pandas are native to Asia, however, they are not related to giant pandas. They are nocturnal and spend most of their days sleeping in trees. The species is classified as endangered. The average life span for red pandas is 13 to 14 years. 

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