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Escaped mother panda found alive

Pichu
Pichu had been missing from the park since early February

One of a pair of red pandas which escaped from a wildlife park in south west Scotland has been found alive more than two months after it went missing.

Police confirmed that the mother panda, Pichu, had been found but that her cub, Isla, remained at large.

The pair got free from the Galloway Wildlife Park in Kirkcudbright overnight between 7 and 8 February.

The park owners said everyone was delighted to have at least one of the missing pandas returned.

Pichu and Isla escaped - leaving the father panda behind - after a storm hit the wildlife park.

Despite being native to China, India and Nepal, park owners were confident the animals could survive in the wild in south west Scotland.

The mother red panda was recaptured yesterday afternoon after a farmer spotted her sitting on a branch in the field near Merse Farm in Kirkcudbright
John Denerley
Park owner

A police spokesman confirmed that one half of the missing duo had now been found.

"The pandas have been missing since early February this year and traps have now been set to try and capture the second one," he said.

"The panda recovered would appear to be none the worse for its time out of the park."

Park owner John Denerley confirmed that Pichu had been returned.

"The mother red panda was recaptured yesterday afternoon after a farmer spotted her sitting on a branch in the field near Merse Farm in Kirkcudbright," he said.

He said that the mother panda had yet to have veterinary checks but appeared to be well.

"We will be able to breed next year now that the pair will be together again soon," he added.

"But the other one is still on the loose, it is suspected that the young daughter is still around in Auchencairn."




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