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Red panda cubs venture out the nest box

Mya has ventured out of the nest box for the first time Credit: Drusillas Park

Drusillas Park’s beautiful red panda twins have finally started to venture outside the nest box.

The twins, who are a boy and a girl, have evaded the outside world since their birth on 16 June. However, over the last couple of weeks they have been spotted out and about several times as mum, Mulan leads the way.

Anmar has ventured out of the nest box for the first time Credit: Drusillas Park

“It’s the minute we’ve all been waiting for and they are certainly worth the wait. They have grown a lot and are nearly as big as the adults. However you can still tell them easily apart due to their fluffy coats and cheeky characters. Red pandas are very playful by nature and our two are no exception. Interestingly our young female, Mya has taken on the slightly darker colouration of her mother, Mulan. On the other hand, Anmar has a comparatively lighter coat, much like his father, Tibao. They are still finding their feet and are not as confident on the climbing frames as their parents but they are making steady progress. Hopefully, now they have taken these initial steps they will start to spend more and more time exploring out of the box so our visitors get the opportunity to really enjoy them.”

– Zoo Manager, Sue Woodgate

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Snowy owl chicks first to be hatched in 15 years at zoo

The two snowy owl chicks have hatched at Drusillas Park Credit: Drusillas Park

Two snowy owl chicks have hatched at Drusillas Park in East Sussex and are the first to be successfully reared at the zoo in over 15 years.

Although they are fluffy and grey now, their new white feathers will replace the down as they get older.

The chicks will gradually turn lighter and "whiter" as they get older Credit: Drusillas Park

Porker the pig makes another World Cup prediction

Porker the Prediction Pig has been hogging the limelight once again at Drusillas Park, East Sussex – he has foreseen that Chile will be triumphant in tomorrow’s World Cup last 16 game against host nation Brazil.

Porker the pig makes his next World Cup prediction Credit: Drusillas Park

The mystic pig once again dribbled his way out from the penalty box towards two fodder-filled buckets; one flying the flag of Brazil and other adorning the colours of Chile.

The goal was that Porker would predict the winning team based on which bucket he pigged out on first and Chile just nicked it in the last second of extra time.

Porker, has excellent form after correctly predicting the outcome of England’s match against Uruguay last week.

Now all that remains to be seen is whether he’s right again or just telling porkies. If his prediction does comes true, there’s a very good chance he’ll become a little pig-headed!

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Rare black lemur born at zoo in East Sussex

The baby lemur was born last month and has been growing in confidence Credit: Drusillas Park

A rare black lemur has been born at Drusillas Park in East Sussex.

The baby was born last month at the zoo's walkthrough enclosure Lemurland.

Under the careful eye of mum Clementine, the new arrival has been growing in confidence and will soon be exploring its surroundings.

The sex of the baby is not yet known although over the next few months, it will be clear to tell.

If it's a male, it will be all black with orange eyes whereas the females are brown with long whitish ear tufts.

Only then will the keepers name the baby!

African insect snuck into family's suitcase

The praying mantis travelled home in the family's suitcase unbeknown to them Credit: Drusillas Park

A praying mantis that snuck into a family's suitcase and travelled from South Africa to the UK has now been re-homed in Sussex.

The tropical bug was discovered by the Menzies family when they washed their holiday clothes after returning from their fortnight away.

The Menzies family were shocked to find the insect among their holiday clothes Credit: Drusillas Park

After discovering the insect, Mum Pippa rang Drusillas Park who agreed to take the mantis in.

Drusillas' bug expert Angela Hale said: "Praying mantis are intriguing creatures that pose no threat to humans.

"They are not difficult to care for but you do need to know what you are doing in order to ensure they remain happy and healthy. Pippa did the right thing by getting in touch and we will provide the mantis with a good home.”

Praying mantis live in tropical climates around the world and they are named after their two prominent front legs, which are bent and held together as if they are praying.

Staff left amazed as they find Wallace the penguin flying

Zoo keepers at Drusillas Park in Sussex have had the surprise of their life after they found one of their penguins flying.

Wallace the penguin is known for his speed and has always been a lot faster than the other birds.

Staff think that his unusually large wingspan and his recent weight loss has made him more aerodynamic, meaning he can fly.

Wallace was born at the park in 2012.

Staff at Drusillas Park watching Wallace the penguin fly Credit: Drusillas Park

Pan-da-cakes served up for animal park

Red pandas at Drusillas Park enjoying Shrove Tuesday Credit: Drusillas Park

Red pandas at Drusillas Park have joined in the celebration of Shrove Tuesday by eating some special pancakes.

Mulan and Tibao were served unconventional crepes - from a mix known as panda cake.

Panda cake is a special dietary product which contains many of the daily nutrients required to keep the pandas fit and healthy.

Head Keeper Mark said: "We work hard in the zoo to deliver foodand other items of interest to the animals in ways that will keep them mentally stimulated.”

"Pandas are nervous creatures and they were a little wary at first. Mulan was the first to come and investigate - she can never resist a grape! She cleared the whole crepe up in a jiffy!”

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