Twin pan­das are very Fota-genic

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Claire Gor­man

A SET of twin red panda cubs are the lat­est ad­di­tion to Fota Wildlife Park. Mum Bon­nie, six, and fa­ther Pete, eight, wel­comed the male cubs on June 27.

The cute cubs have just started to ven­ture out­side their nest­ing box. They joined other new ar­rivals this sum­mer in­clud­ing four chee­tah cubs, a fe­male Su­ma­tran tiger cub and three Asian lion cubs.

The red panda is an en­dan­gered species, with fewer than 2,500 left in the wild.

Lead ranger Kelly Lambe said the new ar­rivals are still quite shy. ‘The twins have ba­si­cally spent the last two-and-a-half months eating and sleep­ing with their mother and are now at an age where they have just taken their first steps out­side of the nest­ing box to see what Mum gets up to when she’s out feed­ing,’ he added.

Fota Wildlife Park has called on mem­bers of the pub­lic to en­ter a com­pe­ti­tion to name the cubs on www.fotaw­ The win­ners will each re­ceive a year-long con­ser­va­tion mem­ber­ship, which al­lows the holder to bring vis­i­tors to the park.

Twins: The new red pan­das at Fota Wildlife Park

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