Staff at the Highland Wildlife Park are celebrating two new arrivals after Kitty, the park’s female red panda, gave birth to twin cubs.

The twins are the second successful birth at the park in Inverness-shire after Kush, born in 2013, became the first red panda to be born in one of the Royal Society of Scotland’s animal collections for 13 years.

Douglas Richardson, head of living collections for Highland Wildlife Park, said: “We are thrilled by the birth of twin red pandas, but it is doubly satisfying as a number of red panda pairs in zoos breed once, then do nothing in subsequent years.

“The fact Kitty has produced cubs two years in a row is a very strong indication our enclosure, diet and husbandry regime suits this pair of pandas.”

The cubs have yet to be named and sexed and it will be a few weeks until they can be viewed by the public.

With less than 10,000 thought to remain in the wild, red pandas are classified as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

The species is native to the Himalayas, India, Laos and southern China and is hunted for its fur and bushy tail.

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