Red panda at WNC Nature Center out for surgery?

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Phoenix, the WNC Nature Center's male red panda, poses for a photo in early February. The center's female red panda, Leafa, had to undergo a surgical procedure but is now back on exhibit.

Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart-aleck answers and the real deal:

Question: I visited the WNC Nature Center recently, specifically to see the much-lauded red pandas, Leafa and Phoenix. This was my first time to see them. Phoenix was stirring around their enclosure, but a sign posted there said that Leafa was temporarily off exhibit for surgery. Can you check on her for us? I’m sure lots of folks would like to know. And by the way, Phoenix is a magnificent boy. 

My answer: She was probably getting some plastic surgery because everybody always raves about what a “magnificent boy” Phoenix is.

Real answer: Rest easy, Dear Reader: Leafa is alive and well. And, she’ll have you know, she’s a magnificent girl.



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