MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to the zoo, the male red panda died on Wednesday, after a medical evaluation revealed on Tuesday that he had an irregular heartbeat and fluid in his lungs.
"Shredder showed no signs of illness and was even seen eating bamboo throughout the day. Just as in people, animals’ hearts can be abnormal without any clinical signs," Dr. Adam Denish said as quoted by CBS on Friday.
WNPV radio reported that Shredder was found to have an enlarged heart.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) classifies red pandas as endangered species because their wild population is declining and currently stands at less than 10,000.
The average lifespan of a red panda is 8-10 years.
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