by Andrew Crisp
In December 2010, Cobweb wrote about a "panda cam" set up by Mozilla, the software development company behind the Firefox Web browser. A 24-hour stream of three young red pandas was sent out to millions of users to raise awareness of the endangered species.
After broadcasting "250,000 hours of cuteness," Mozilla is closing down Firefox Live. The red pandas, now 8 months old, have reached adulthood.
Two of the amber-colored critters, Dolly and Winston, will now head to Zoo Boise, according to a Mozilla announcement in March.
Zoo Boise officials will continue to implement a species survival plan, part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' efforts to save red pandas. Dolly and Winston will add extra genetic diversity to the red panda population already on hand at the zoo.
Their sister, Bernadette, goes on to Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, Va., for an arranged marriage with a young male panda named Oscar.