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Early Halloween treats for meerkats

Meerkats get Halloween treats. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Meerkats at a wild animal park are being given treats from pumpkin-styled feeding buckets as part of a Halloween-themed enrichment programme.

The mammals have been delving into the bright-orange buckets and getting to grips with their favourite snacks, including crickets and mealworms, at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park near Hythe, Kent.

Meerkats get Halloween treats. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

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Pumpkin appeal for Meerkats

The mammals have been delving into the bright-orange buckets and getting to grips with their favourite snacks, including crickets and mealworms, at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park near Hythe, Kent.

We are always looking for new ways to encourage mental, physical and sensory perception to keep our residents occupied and happy. Enrichment is an important part of looking after animals at Port Lympne.

– Adrian Harland, Animal Director

Across the park, the Malayan tapirs tried out their skills at the popular Halloween-themed game of apple bobbing.

Fossa family settles in

Ikongo explores his new territory Credit: ITV Meridian

A pair of Fossas - a rare predator from the Island of Madagascar- are settling into their new at Port Lympne Animal Park in Kent. Ikongo and a female, named Sambava were born at the San Deigo Zoo and have moved to the garden of England to further a breeding programme.

The Fossas settle in Credit: ITV Meridian

Could these pandas find love?

Wanmei Credit: The Aspinall Foundation

Keepers at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in kent have welcomed a female red panda named Wanmei, in the hope that she will hit it off with Tiang Ming - the parks contented bachelor.

Earlier this year Tiang Ming moved into a brand new home - with space for a family - in the hopes that a suitable female would be found.

Adrian Harland, animal director, said: "Tiang Ming has been living the life of a contented bachelor for the past few years and we always hoped that a suitable female would be found to keep him company amongst the trees, bamboo and hideaways in his new home.

Tiang Ming Credit: The Aspinall Foundation

"I’m so pleased that Wanmei has joined him and although she is bossing him about at the moment, I have high hopes that a relationship will blossom."

Red pandas are typically solitary in the wild, unless mating, and spend most of their time in trees. In the colder months they will wrap their tails around themselves like a scarf, to keep warm.

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