Whipsnade zoo ‘ecstatic’ at birth of endangered red panda twins | Zoos

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The delivery of dual purple panda cubs at Whipsnade zoo affords “double hope for the species” whose existence is below menace, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has mentioned.

ZSL, which runs the zoo in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, introduced the delivery of the twins on Wednesday. They had been born final month on 25 June at Whitstable to the purple pandas Ruby and Nilo, and can be given names after their first vet go to at eight weeks.

The pair, whose intercourse is but to be decided, every weighed simply 113g at delivery. They haven’t but ventured out from the nest, the place zookeepers say they’re being nicely cared for by their dad and mom. Pink pandas are blind for the primary 30 days of their lives and closely reliant on their mom.

One of the red panda cubs at Whipsnade
The cubs are but to enterprise out from the nest. {Photograph}: ZSL/PA

Employees had suspected that Ruby was pregnant for the primary time and tried to make her comfy.

Grant Timberlake, a zookeeper, mentioned: “We had been ecstatic after we noticed her curled up in one of many nesting containers we had ready, utilizing her bushy purple tail to maintain the 2 cubs heat.

“Ruby has been doing an unimaginable job feeding and caring for the twins, so we’re leaving the household to bond collectively, solely checking in on them when she pops exterior to eat.”

The purple pandas, that are native to the Himalayas and western China, have been declining in numbers attributable to unlawful buying and selling, habitat loss, a decline of their major meals supply of bamboo, poaching and deforestation. The WWF has predicted that the variety of purple pandas left within the wild may very well be as low at 2,500.

“These twin cubs give us double hope for the species, as they had been born as a part of an essential European breeding programme for endangered purple pandas, designed to maintain a backup inhabitants secure in conservation zoos – whereas we sort out the problems they’re dealing with within the wild,” Timberlake added.

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Whipsnade zoo is one in all two amenities owned by the ZSL, a charity that specialises within the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. The charity additionally owns London zoo.

Guests to Whipsnade, which is dwelling to greater than 11,000 animals, can be unable to see the infant twins for a couple of months – and Ruby may additionally spend extra time indoors. Nevertheless, Nilo is predicted to nonetheless be seen for guests.

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