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Red panda mom Shan Tou curls up with her triplet babies Friday at the Red River Zoo in Fargo. Photos by Carrie Snyder / The Forum

3 cubs, 1 big surprise: Triplet pandas born at Fargo zoo a rarity

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It's a panda-rama at Fargo's Red River Zoo.

One of the zoo's two mating pairs of Chinese red pandas produced triplet cubs on June 11.

Red pandas often have one or two cubs, but triplets are rare, and especially welcome, given the animals' endangered status, zoo officials said Friday.

"This is huge. Last year there were five born in North America, and we had the twins, so we did really well last year, too," Red River Zoo Executive Director Paula Grimestad said.

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