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Your chance to name Paignton Zoo's red pandas

By This is SouthDevon  |  Posted: November 20, 2012

  • Paignton Zoo red panda cubs together. Picture by Ray Wiltshire

  • Paignton Zoo red panda cubs. Picture 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 you, the readers of 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.

Just take a look at the poll on the right and 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. These are the first official photos of them.

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.

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  • PGStrange  |  November 20 2012, 4:01PM

    Hi dimondbabe. To choose a name for Paignton Zoo's red pandas, you need to go to the original story on the This Is South Devon website: http://tinyurl.com/czlxqam Hope that's helpful. Paul Strange, Community Publisher, South Devon

  • BuddytheElf  |  November 20 2012, 1:53PM

    The poll is there, just to the right of the pictures!

  • dimondbabe  |  November 19 2012, 8:06PM

    OMG! These babies are SO CUTE!!! Bless! Would love to choose names but cant find where to vote (not on right like it says)! But thanx for the pix – best things on the news!

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