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Colchester: Unexpected welcome for zoo's red panda cubs
COLCHESTER Zoo keepers were surprised to discover the arrival of two red panda cubs - as they hadn’t witnessed any mating.
The first keepers knew of the babies was when they were seen through the hatch of the nest box.
Their birth at Colchester Zoo is the first in 14 years.
Not long after their birth, new mum Liwei moved the cubs between the three nest boxes within the enclosure, which mimics what happens in the wild.
Females want to ensure their scent does not stay around long enough for predators to become interested, and to reduce the risk of tics and mites.
The keepers first spotted the cubs out of the nest box last week, when Liwei brought them out to explore.
The cubs, whose dad is An An, are yet to be sexed and named.
Four red panda cubs were born at the zoo between 1996 and 1999.
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