Meet Maiya: the two-month-old red panda cub who was found with an alarming neck injury she suffered while being carried in her mother’s mouth.
Maiya was rescued and cared for by Tamara Gillies, a woman who works at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia. During Maiya’s stay, she found comfort in cuddling with a red panda stuffed animal who looked just like her! She would hold it tight while she was feeding and sleeping.
“The soft toy gives her something a familiar scent to snuggle and play with,” Gillies said. “It’s the same color as a real red panda and she clings to it using her claws and teeth as she would do with her mom.”
Maiya will stay in the care of zookeepers for one more month, but they are taking steps to gradually reintroduce her to her parents.
If you’re impressed by Maiya’s strength, just wait until you see this sheepdog’s incredible journey!