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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!”


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.