NORRISTOWN >> Officials at Elmwood Park Zoo have released the cause of death of Shredder, a red panda who died on Jan. 3. According to zoo officials, autopsy tests concluded that Shredder died of heart failure, which was initially reported at the time of his death.
On the night of Jan. 3 zoo staff noticed Shredder showed labored breathing. The report continues, “the zoo’s veterinarian and zookeepers performed an emergency evaluation and found that Shredder had an irregular heartbeat and fluid in his lungs. Despite medical treatment, Shredder succumbed within a few hours.”
Histopathology samples were sent to a pathology service, and Shredder’s reports came back showing “no signs of the protozoal disease that affected his mother and his brother Clinger, who passed away in December 2015.”
Shredder’s brother Slash was soon examined by animal care staff, and an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) was performed. Slash was found to have an enlarged heart and shows the same heart abnormalities as Shredder.
The zoo’s veterinary team, according the zoo’s Facebook post, is working with cardiologists to treat Slash and prevent the condition from worsening.
“However, at this point, he is happy, alert, and acting like a normal panda,” said Elmwood Park Zoo veterinarian Adam Denish.
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