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Baby red panda explores the outside world for first time

  • Pictures from Flamingo Land

A baby red panda has been exploring the outside world for the first time in North Yorkshire.

The male panda cub, who will be named soon, was born in June at Flamingo Land but has only just started spending more time out of his nest box.

Under the watchful eye of his mum Tai Jang, he has been exploring and climbing trees.

Credit: Flamingo Land

"The cub was born on June 17 so at three months this is the ideal time for our guests to see him. As our red pandas are arboreal they do spend a lot of time snoozing up in the trees and can be hard to spot! They are most active during the hours of dusk and dawn."

– James Coleman, education officer, Flamingo Land

Flamingo Land says red panda wild habitats in Nepal, China, Bhutan and India are being lost due to deforestation.

The animals are also poached for their fur and skins as well as illegal pet trade so now there are just 10,000 adults left in the wild.

The red panda diet consists mainly of bamboo (along with fruit and insects) and this is where they get their name from.

'Panda' in the Nepalese language means 'bamboo eater' so it shares the same name and territory as the giant panda, despite not being related. Red pandas are more closely related to the raccoon and share a similar appearance.

Credit: Flamingo Land