Red Panda joy at zoo

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Two Red Pandas are now on show to visitors at Flamingo Land near Malton.

A spokeswoman said: “The male is called Bai Jiao and the female Tai Jang and they are both 18 months old.

“They form part of the our international breeding programmes and we look forward to them having babies in the future.”

The Red Panda looks similar to a raccoon but is predominantly red in colour. The word Panda makes people think of the Giant Panda which is a lot larger and black and white in colour.

However, these animals are not related. The only similarities between them are that they are both native to China, their diet consists mainly of bamboo, and they have a modified wrist bone which can be used as an extra thumb. Flamingo Land’s zoo is open at weekends and school holidays during the winter. The Red Pandas are next to the Sumatran tigers.