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08 13/08/2010

Vets examine Red Panda cub

Vets and keepers at Chester Zoo got up close and personal with the latest addition today.

What a handful! For vet James Chatterton and Carnivore Team Leader Alan Woodward it was their first opportunity to get a proper look at the Red Panda cub, who has been kept away from prying eyes by its doting mum.The cub’s check-up, which included being fitted with a microchip, showed it was fit and well, weighing in at 778g. But there was further delight in store for James and Alan after they discovered that the cub is female – the first time a female Red Panda cub has ever been born at the zoo. Keepers are now thinking of a suitable name for the newcomer.

It is expected that the cub will become more independent from September onwards. She is the sixth cub for nine year old mother Lushui and father is Pali who came to the Zoo from Germany.

Photo Caption: Red Panda’s heartbeat is listened to by zoo vets

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