Too cute for words! Baby red pandas snuggle up together as they make first steps outside after being born

October 24, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

These adorable red panda cubs have ventured outside for the first time after taking their British keepers by surprise – because they had no idea their mother was pregnant.

The gorgeous animals, named Bo and Chen, are the first red pandas to be born at Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford, Oxon., for ten years.

Their mother Scarlet gave birth in June and they have emerged from their nest box for the first time this week.

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Too cure for words: The baby red pandas snuggle up together as they venture out for the first time

Too cure for words: The baby red pandas snuggle up together as they venture out for the first time

But their birth came as a total surprise because keepers had not observed any signs of mating between mother Scarlet and five-year-old father Doodoo.

Red pandas are also highly secretive and two-year-old Scarlet’s thick fur helped to conceal her pregnancy bump.

The creatures are regarded as ”vulnerable” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which means it is facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.