Thursday 16 August 2018

Adorable Red Panda twins unveiled at Fota Wildlife Park as 'baby boom' continues

Fota Wildlife Park's latest set of twins
Fota Wildlife Park's latest set of twins
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Fota Wildlife Park has unveiled twin Red Panda cubs and is calling on the public to suggest names for the pair.

They were born to mother Bonnie (6) and father Pete (8) on June 27 and are slowly getting used to their surroundings.

The Red Panda is an endangered species as there are less than 2,500 left in the wild.

Lead Ranger Kelly Lambe said about the birth of the twins: "They 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.

The twins were born on June 27
The twins were born on June 27

"They are still quite shy and are only out for brief periods during the day however, they have started to learn how to climb trees under the watchful eye of their mother Bonnie."

There has been a succession of births at the park this summer including four cheetah cubs, a female Sumatran tiger cub and three Asian lion cubs.

The public can submit their ideas for names here

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