Park’s peekaboo baby red panda is named

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Drusillas Park has named their baby red panda born in the summer.

The baby was born at the Park on July 17 but despite her hotly-anticipated arrival, the bashful babe is yet to debut. It is due to this sensitive nature that the name Shyla was chosen.

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For the last four months, she has been hiding away within one of the group’s three nest boxes.

Visitors enjoy regular sightings of the panda puff as she pops her head out the hideaway hole. However, despite multiple attempts by mum, Mulan to encourage her out, the cosy cub cannot be tempted.

Zoo Manager, Sue Woodgate, said: “Shyla is yet to take those all-important first–steps exploring her enclosure, playing with her sister and meeting our visitors.

“We have no doubt she will appear in her own good time – her older sister Anmar also took a little while to venture out but you can’t stop her now. Fingers crossed Shyla will follow in her footsteps very soon; I am sure it will be worth the wait.”

The name Shyla was chosen from nearly 200 suggestions on the Drusillas Park Facebook page. Staff thought it a fitting title for the peekaboo panda, who is the third born at the zoo since the group arrived in 2013.

Located just off the A27 in Alfriston, East Sussex, Drusillas Park is open from 10:00am until 5:00pm (last admission 4:00pm). For further details please telephone (01323) 874100 or visit the website at www.drusillas.co.uk.

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