Could it be love at first sight?
Noah's Ark Zoo Farm has taken in two new Andean bears - more popularly known as spectacled bears. Keepers say that they bonded instantly when they first met and are very happy in each other's company. They say it's a promising sign of their breeding potential.
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Madidi - who's female - and Rasu - who's male - are part of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme. There are fewer than 10,000 spectacled bears left in their native South America and the species is classed as vulnerable on an international conservation list.
Spectacled bears are so-called because of the white circles of fur that appear around their eyes. They're very distinctive on Madidi. She's two years old and came from Chester Zoo. Rasu is also two and arrived from Zurich Zoo.
- Interesting fact: The children's book character Paddington Bear came from Peru so would have been a spectacled bear too!
Staff worked closely with Chester Zoo to create the ideal environment for Madidi and Rasu to share and hopefully welcome their first bear cubs. It is one of the biggest spectacled bear enclosures in the UK.
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