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Last Updated: Friday February 15 2008 15:34 GMT

NR joins search for missing pandas

Mushu is missing his family

We're always hearing about cats and dogs going missing - but what about a panda?

After the recent stormy weather, TWO red pandas have disappeared from a wildlife park near Kirkcudbright in southern Scotland.

Laura joined the search.


"I met Mushu the red panda. He was feeling a bit down.

Laura at the wildlife park
Laura at the wildlife park
Last week, his girlfriend Pichu and their baby Isla went missing.

They escaped from their enclosure at the Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park, after a tree fell down in a storm and broke the fence.

No-one knows why Mushu decided to stay, but it seems he's feeling a bit lonely and is missing them.

Police

The pandas are about the size of a fox. They are big fans of climbing trees and sleeping.

The police have been called in to try to find them.

RED PANDA FACTS
They are related to racoons
They live for around 12-14 years
They mainly feed on bamboo
But they also eat acorns, roots, and berries
They are slow on the ground, but at home in trees
Red pandas are really rare. They usually live in Southern Asia, in countries like China and India.

They're much smaller than normal pandas and have reddish fur.

They mainly eat bamboo, but also like berries.

Don't touch

People who live near the park are being asked to keep an eye out for the pandas in trees, gardens and sheds.

Fallen trees broke the enclosure
Fallen trees broke the enclosure
Although the animals are quite small and not dangerous, anyone who sees them is being asked not to touch them - but to contact the park straight away.

In the meantime, park staff are hoping that the missing pair might just come home when they get hungry."



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