Panda cubs get clean bill of health in check
TWIN red panda cubs born at Paradise Park in the summer have had their first check-up by the vet.
The pair were being examined to identify their sex and were microchipped so they are both uniquely identifiable.
After a thorough check, the vet concluded that both cubs appeared to be boys and were in good health.
Paradise Park curator David Woolcock, who held the cubs during their check, said: "I'm pleased to say that they are fit young pandas, now starting to eat bamboo and beyond the age when they or their mother could be overly stressed by disturbance.
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"As their mother came from Europe her cubs will be a great addition to the UK captive breeding population."
The twins were born on June 25 after their mother Jai-Li was brought over from Copenhagen Zoo to breed with Paradise Park's resident male Lang Za.
Keeper Becky Waite said: "We expect these two cubs will be with us until they're a year old, at which time they will move to other collections in the UK to help continue the breeding programme."
The cubs are now out and about every day and can be seen most of the time up in the trees which overhang their enclosure.
Following the success of the breeding programme, staff say they are hopeful there will be more cubs next year.