I went up to Mill Mountain Zoo this past Saturday to volunteer. We had an outreach at the Civic Center, so we were going to take a few of our education animals to speak about to the public. I went to the zoo a little early and made sure to bring my camera in hopes that baby red panda Shyla would be out of her bunker. Every time I’ve seen her, I’ve been giving a tour or volunteering for an event and I haven’t had my camera with me, so I hadn’t gotten any photos of her…until Saturday. I got lucky and Shyla was indeed outside and in the sunlight. It seemed like she was ready for a photo shoot! She was playing around in a little hammock that was just the perfect size for her!
Some of these photos aren’t the best because you can see the enclosure in front of Shyla, but I wanted to let you see her entire body.
Shyla was born June 19, 2013 to mother, Nova, and Father, Degan Reid.
I was snapping photos like crazy in hopes of getting anything that turned out well.
I love this one. I think she looks angelic…
Look at all those little tiny baby teeth! ADORABLE!
I looked over at one point and saw Shyla’s mother Nova staring me down. She’s protective over her baby!
Shyla was so funny stumbling around in her hammock.
She kept sniffing at it.
Then she would sort of pick at it with her mouth.
And she kept kneading it…at least that’s what it looked like.
Cute baby red panda squint!
Cute baby red panda back foot!
Cute baby red panda tail!
I eventually had to pull myself away (although it was extremely hard) in order to get to the outreach. But I am very thankful for my time with Shyla and her parents on Saturday. What a fantastic day!