VIDEO: Red panda cubs make debut at Bronx Zoo and Prospect Park Zoo

Four cuddly red panda cubs made their debut at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo and Prospect Park Zoo Thursday.

Two of the adorable cubs are at the Himalayan Highlands in the Bronx Zoo and two are at the Discovery Trail at the Prospect Park Zoo.

Each of the litters have a male and female cub. They were all born this summer.

Through the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Species Survival Plan, both zoos have had a successful history breeding red pandas.

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Two of the red panda cubs made their debut at the Prospect Park Zoo.
Credit: Jule Larsen Maher/WCS

The cubs are born with soft, plush coats, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. They reach adulthood in about 18 months.

Adult red pandas have red-brown and black coats used for camouflage in the wild. Similar to our thumbs, the pandas have an adaptation in their wrists that allows them to grab and hold food like bamboo or tree branches.

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Two of the red panda cubs made their debut at the Bronx Zoo.
Credit: Jule Larsen Maher/WCS

Red pandas are listed “vulnerable” by the International Union of Conservation of Nature and their population is declining.

Earlier this week, two snow leopard cubs made their debut at the Central Park Zoo.

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