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Two Red Panda Cubs Emerge From Australia Nesting Den

By: APTN/CBS
By: APTN/CBS

Two red panda cubs emerged from their nesting den in a Canberra zoo for the first time on Thursday to the delight of visitors and zookeepers alike.

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Two red panda cubs emerged from their nesting den in a Canberra zoo for the first time on Thursday to the delight of visitors and zookeepers alike.

Australian broadcaster ABC showed the brother and sister eating and playing in their enclosure at Australia's National Zoo and Aquarium after spending around five months hidden away with their mum.

"It's certainly very exciting to have red panda cubs here, particularly twins," zookeeper Bec Scott told ABC.

The twins, as yet unnamed, are native to the Himalayas and southern China, and are considered an endangered species.

"There's said to be around 10-thousand individuals left, their numbers are declining," said Scott.

"As they start to get older, when they become sexually mature, it's quite possible that they will head off to other zoos for their own breeding programmes."

The National Zoo and Aquarium is now running an online poll to get some help in coming up with names for the cubs.


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