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Panda mother and cub on the loose
A red panda cub
Police said the pandas were not a danger to the public
Police have appealed for the public's help in finding two red pandas reported missing from a wildlife park.

The mother and cub escaped from the Galloway Wildlife Park in Kirkcudbright overnight between 7 and 8 February.

The pandas have been described by police as being reddish ginger in colour with a long curly black tail and a face similar to a bear.

They are about the size of a small dog and it has been stressed that they do not pose any risk to the public.

A police statement said it was hoped that the pandas would return to the park when they got hungry.

However, the force asked for the public's assistance in helping recover the missing pair.

It is not the first time animals have gone missing from the park.

In 2002 a search was launched for a lynx which was eventually recaptured.

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