Baby Shyla

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.

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Shyla was born June 19, 2013 to mother, Nova, and Father, Degan Reid.

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I was snapping photos like crazy in hopes of getting anything that turned out well.

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I love this one. I think she looks angelic…

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Look at all those little tiny baby teeth! ADORABLE!

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I looked over at one point and saw Shyla’s mother Nova staring me down. She’s protective over her baby!

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Shyla was so funny stumbling around in her hammock.

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She kept sniffing at it.

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Then she would sort of pick at it with her mouth.

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And she kept kneading it…at least that’s what it looked like.

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Cute baby red panda squint!

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Cute baby red panda back foot!

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Cute baby red panda tail!

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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!

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