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Let's have your vote on names for Paignton Zoo's young pandas

By Herald Express  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

Red panda cubs by Taisi Darvid

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TWO red panda cubs born at Paignton Zoo in the summer have made their public debut.

And now readers of our website thisissouthdevon, can name the twins.

The keepers have come up with four names for you to choose from.

The two pandas are both girls and the four names chosen are Mulan, Meilin, Meili and Mai.

In our online poll you can vote for the combination of names you like the best.

The twins, born on July 9, stayed in the den for many weeks after birth.

Neil Bemment, curator of mammals at Paignton Zoo, said: "The red panda is classed as vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which means it is facing a high risk of extinction in the wild."

The red or lesser panda comes from the mountains of Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar and Nepal. It lives in high altitude forest and eats bamboo shoots, grass, roots, fruit, acorns and occasionally mice and birds.

It has fur on the pads of its paws to help keep heat in and to prevent it slipping on wet or snowy surfaces.

Click the poll on the right of this page to cast your vote.

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