Jasper’s got visitors

News of Jasper, our new baby red panda, is spreading around the zoo.

dzg_peacocks1

Jasper recently emerged from his nesting box, where he has remained hidden from sight since being born to mum, Yasmin and dad, Yang, three months ago.

dzg_peacocks1

And our five inquisitive peafowl, who roam freely around the zoo and castle grounds, decided to drop by for a visit to try to catch a closer glimpse of the youngster as they perched themselves on the paddock’s climbing frame to wait to say hello.

dzg_peacocks1

You here to see me? Baby red panda Jasper greets his feathered guests.

And he’s very noisy . . .

Jasper is gaining more and more confidence each day as he begins to explore his new surroundings.

The three month-old youngster has started climbing the tall trees in the paddock, and although it is quite easy for him to climb to the very top, he finds it a bit tricky to get down again, so has taken to squealing at the top of his voice for help!

Keeper, Laura Robbins, said: “He climbs right to the top and then can’t get down so he just sits there and squeals for Yasmin.

“His squeal is really loud and high pitched. We’ve never heard a baby panda be as vocal as he is and we wondered what the noise was at first.

“But he does eventually come down on his own when he realises no-one is going to go up there to get him.”