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The endangered twin Red Panda cubs explore outside their den at Belfast Zoo

The endangered twin Red Panda cubs explore outside their den at Belfast Zoo

The endangered twin Red Panda cubs explore outside their den at Belfast Zoo

Two of Belfast Zoo's newest arrivals have been introduced to visitors.

The pair of endangered twin Red Panda cubs, both females, were born on June 19. Their parents, Chris and Vixen, both arrived at the zoo as part of a collaborative breeding programme in association with two other European zoos.

Zoo curator Julie Mansell said: "Red Panda cubs are born blind and develop quite slowly. They therefore spend the first few months in the den. It is for this reason that, despite being born back in June, the twins have only recently started to venture outside.

"Over the last few weeks the twins have become more adventurous and visitors will hopefully get the chance to spot our colourful little arrivals as they start exploring their habitat."

Red Pandas are native to Asia, but numbers are declining due to habitat loss and illegal hunting.

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