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Red Panda twins arrive at Shepreth

Shepreth welcomes Red Panda twins Credit: Shepreth Wildlife Park

Shepreth Wildlife Park near Cambridge has welcomed a pair of Red Panda twins.

The panda girls settled into their new habitat instantly, tasting all the different varieties of bamboo on offer. The wildlife park estimates they will be munching their way through quarter of a ton of bamboo every year.

The gardening team has been busy planting throughout the grounds since the go ahead in March.

The twins settle in Credit: Shepreth Wildlife Park

The Red Pandas arrived at the beginning of September after months of preparation, getting their habitat ready and fulfilling the necessary license requirements. The habitat will be officially opened on Saturday.

The South Cambridgeshire wildlife park has wanted to home this species for over 20 years, and the dream finally became a reality after joining EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) just three years ago, allowing the collection to be included in this European Endangered Breeding Programme (EEP).

The two girls, yet to be named, have joined the conservation breeding centre as part of the international breeding programme. When they reach maturity, one of the females will be exchanged with a male to assist with the EEP.

"I remember as a child my father talking about Red Panda as a species he wanted to be involved with for conservation, so it is wonderful that while we celebrate our 30th anniversary this long-term goal has finally come to fruition."

– Rebecca Willers, Wildlife Park Curator

The Red Pandas will have their own special event on Saturday 13th September. It will feature keeper talks and presentations, concluding with the official naming of the animals.


Former Spitfire pilot completes skydive

A former spitfire pilot's had made his very first skydive near Peterborough.

92-year-old Peter Proctor never had to use his parachute during the second world war, but he made a charity jump at Sibson airfield.

Click below to watch our report from Olivia Paterson.

Peter is raising money for the RAF Association. You can find out more on his Just Giving page here

92-year-old former pilot prepares for sky dive

A 92-year-old World War Two veteran is preparing to take part in a sky dive in Peterborough for charity.

Peter Proctor preparing for his sky dive Credit: ITV Anglia

Peter Proctor has two artificial hips, an artificial knee and almost a century of memories.

However, the 92-year-old Spitfire pilot, who never had to use his parachute during World War 2, will be deploying one for the first time in a sky dive for an RAF charity.

Briefing for everyone involved in the sky dive Credit: ITV Anglia

The money he raises will go to the RAF Association, who provide welfare support to servicemen and their families.


MND in Northampton benefits from Ice Bucket Challenge

It started as a craze in America but the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised millions for a charity in our region.

The Motor Neurone Disease Association which is based in Northampton has seen donations pour in at an unprecedented rate.

It says the money has the potential to pay for new clinical trials on drugs which may in future offer better treatments or even a cure for the condition.

Click below to watch our report from Russell Hookey.

75 years in the same house: Pensioner in Ipswich celebrates landmark day.

A pensioner in Ipswich is celebrating living in the same house for 75 years.

Beryl Willson moved into her home when she was just 4 years old in 1939.

Beryl outside her home in Ipswich Credit: ITV Anglia

Her parents bought it for just £375. Since then the house has been a family home for her parents, Beryl and her husband, their children, grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Despite 2 new extensions, 2 new bathrooms, kitchen and downstairs toilet, the property still doesn't have any central heating.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge takes part in 'ALS Ice Bucket Challenge' after Stephen Hawking's nomination

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge has become one of the latest names to take part in the 'ALS Ice Bucket Challenge' to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Stephen Hawking nominated the Vice-Chancellor and Chancellor of Cambridge University, along with the director of the Science Museum, Ian Blatchford.

On a YouTube video the the Vice-Chancellor thanks the world-renowned scientist for his nomination.

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