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Minnesota Zoo's red panda, Min, dies at age of 10

Min had been battling ill health.
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Minnesota Zoo last week said goodbye to one of its guests' favorite animals, as Minn the red panda died at the age of 10.

The zoo announced her death on Friday, saying she died having been battling a number of health problems in recent months.

She arrived at the Minnesota Zoo in 2012 having been born at a zoo in Oklahoma in June 2011.

"Min could often be seen perched along her favorite high branch. Known for being solitary, red pandas in the wild spend most of their day resting in trees to conserve their energy.

"Over the last several months, the Animal Health and Animal Care teams had been closely monitoring Min. She had a number of health issues and her interest in exploring her habitat and eating had been declining recently."

The zoo, who described Min as having a "shy and sweet nature," said she had formed a "deep bond" with her "favorite zookeeper," Melissa.

"With the help of her favorite treat, grape jelly, Min and Zookeeper Melissa were able to work on training together and identify ways to keep Min engaged and encouraged to express her natural behaviors."

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