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  Red panda pair come out of hiding
Updated 15 October 2003, 16.24
How cute are they?
Two rare red panda cubs have plucked up the courage to face the cameras - three months after they were born.

Tenzing and Babu live at Bristol Zoo Gardens. They were born as part of a breeding programme to try to ensure the creatures' survival.

Red panda numbers have plummeted by 40% in the past 50 years.

The twins are named after two famous mountaineering guides, which is appropriate because red pandas can be found in the hills of the Himalayas.

The pandas with their mum
The pandas with their mum

Tenzing and Babu are the second set of twins in four years for their parents, Lang Jang and Jiao Jiao.

In 1999 they reared another pair, who now live at a zoo in Kent.

The forests which are the pandas' natural habitat are being chopped down by humans.

It's made the creatures really vulnerable. They're often eaten by other animals or hunted for their fur by poachers.

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