Good news is incredibly welcome these days and we all need something to put a smile on our faces at the moment - and what could be better than hearing that Chester Zoo has just welcomed two new very rare arrivals… twin Andean bears!
A male and a female, the two rare cubs have been named Mateo and Pacha, with the zoo’s bear conservationists hailing their birth as “very, very special”, given that there are fewer than 10,000 Andean bears left in the wild.
You may think that these little cubs look a little bit familiar and, if you do, it’s because the much-loved children’s literature character Paddington Bear is also an Andean, hailing all the way from deepest, darkest Peru!
In fact, Andean bears can also be found in Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia and Ecuador, as well… although they’re listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature as vulnerable to extinction.
Lucy Edwards, assistant team manager of carnivores, said: “Andean bears are incredibly shy animals and, for this reason, are still something of a mystery to conservationists.
“So to see mum Lima allowing her two little cubs to explore so freely and enjoy a bit of friendly rough and tumble is just wonderful - it’s very, very special. The twin cubs are so full of energy and their playful personalities are really starting to show - it looks like they will be keeping mum very busy.”
If you want to visit the zoo to see the bears, you’ll need to book before you get there to avoid disappointment. The site has made as many booking slots available as possible but it is operating at a reduced capacity, so bear this in mind when planning your trip.
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