A pair of rare red panda cubs have been born at Chester Zoo.
The cubs - and their mother - have been given the once over by keepers and alls well.
News of their birth broke when keepers were alerted to their arrival after hearing “little squeaks” from a nest box.
The twins, a boy and a girl, were born to first-time mum Nima and dad Jung but keepers have only now been able to get a good look at them for the first time.
“Our two cubs are in very good shape.
"They’re big and strong with very thick fur - our male weighed in at just under 1kg and our female 842g.
"We’re really pleased with how well they’re doing and, as soon as we had given them a health check, we popped them back into their nest.
"It’ll be several weeks until they start to emerge and explore.”
Red pandas, whose scientific name Ailurus fulgens means ‘brilliant cat’, are native to the steep forested slopes of the Himalayas.
They are a one-of-a-kind in the animal kingdom as they have no close living relatives. Conservation experts have listed them as endangered in the wild, as they are threatened by poaching and shrinking habitat.
Watch the panda parents below:
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