First pictures of red panda twin cubs in New Zealand
Auckland Zoo in New Zealand has welcomed the arrival of two red panda cubs thanks to their international breeding programme.
Animals don't get much cuter than this! These two adorable red panda cubs have been welcomed into the world at a zoo in New Zealand.
The twins currently weigh just over 400 grams (less than a pound) each. The red panda communicates with squeaks, chattering noises and chipmunk-like sounds.
Red pandas are a threatened species and their population is in decline in the wild. The average lifespan of a red panda is eight to 12 years, but these animals can live considerably longer in zoos. It is uncertain how many remain in the wild today; the IUCN Red List estimates the global population of red panda to be about 10,000 individuals. There are close to 500 individuals in zoos worldwide.
At the moment the fluffy pair are still completely dependent on their mum and will stay in their nest until they are three months old.
The twin cubs, who have yet to be named, were born on 3 January to four-year-old mother Bo and 13-year-old father Sagar at Auckland Zoo. Although it shares the same name, the red panda is not related to the giant panda. In fact, the red panda is not related to any other animals, making it unique.