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ATLANTA (41NBC/WMGT) – Zoo Atlanta announced Friday its 13-year-old red panda, named Idgie, has died.
“The Animal Care teams had been closely monitoring Idgie, who at nearly 14 years old was considered a geriatric animal, for recent medical concerns,” a zoo news release said. “Due to her continued decline in health and poor response to treatments, the team made the difficult decision to euthanize her in the evening of April 2.”
Idgie the red panda, part of a “solitary species,” arrived at the zoo in 2013.
“This is a heartbreaking loss for Idgie’s care team and for the many Members, guests and social media followers who looked so forward to seeing her and who learned more about and came to support the conservation of red pandas because of her,” said Hayley Murphy, DVM, Deputy Director. “What she lacked in size she made up for in great charisma, and she was a wonderful ambassador for her species.”
A necropsy (the non-human equivalent of an autopsy) will be performed through the zoo’s partnership with the University of Georgia Zoo and Exotic Animal Pathology Service in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
“Results should be available in several weeks,” the release concluded.