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Red pandas cubs take Colchester Zoo by surprise
12:00pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
ZOO keepers were surprised to discover two red panda cubs - because they hadn’t seen any mating.
The first thing staff at Colchester Zoo knew of the cubs was when they saw them through the hatch of the nest box.
The births were the first at the zoo in 14 years.
Not long after their birth, Liwei moved her cubs between the three nest boxes, which mimics what happens in the wild.
Females ensure their scent does not stay around long enough for predators tobecome interested and to reduce the risk of tics and mites.
The cubs are yet to be sexed and named.
Four red pandas were born at the zoo between 1996 and 1999.
The red panda is native to Nepal, India, Bhutan, Myanmar, southern China and north-eastern India.
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