Photos: Red Panda Cubs Clark And Addison Prepare For Lincoln Park Zoo Debut
By Rachel Cromidas in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 27, 2015 7:44PM
Addison is weighed on a scale behind the scenes at Lincoln Park Zoo's Kovler Lion House./Handout
The Lincoln Park Zoo's two-month old red panda cubs are healthy and preparing for their public debut, zookeepers say.
The male and female red pandas are named Clark and Addison, respectively, after Wrigleyville's iconic intersection near Wrigley Field. The pair received their second check-up since their birth earlier this summer on Tuesday and received a clean bill of health, the zoo announced.
Clark is weighed as well. His weight, while healthy, had merely doubled since the cubs' last exam July 10. Addison's weight had tripled!/Handout
They've also opened their eyes and begun developing the red panda's signature auburn fur. The cubs are growing fast—Clark has doubled in weight, according to a zoo press release, and Addison has tripled in size. They are being taken care of primarily by their mother, Leafa.
After his exam, Clark waits to return to the den--and mom Leafa./Handout
Curator of Mammals Mark Kamhout said the cubs still have weeks to go before they're ready to be introduced to the public. “There are still several milestones for them to hit before they come out of the den,” Kamhout said in a statement. “Right now, that’s still where Leafa wants them to be.”