Our red panda Lady Hilary dies

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of one of our Red Pandas, Lady Hilary.

She was 11 years old which, for a red panda, is quite elderly and she had developed a serious infection in her jaw which made it very difficult for her to eat.

As 90 per cent of a red panda’s diet is bamboo this made it particularly hard for her. She had been given some soft food in her diet but she had lost a lot of weight.

So Bristol Zoo vets and keepers took the decision that to put her to sleep was the kindest option.

Lady Hilary lived at Bristol Zoo Gardens with her mate, Chota. Together they produced a cub called Mali in 2016 who now lives at Woburn Safari Park.

John Partridge, senior curator of animals at Bristol Zoo Gardens, said: “We are all very sorry to lose Lady Hilary but her quality of life had deteriorated greatly.

“She was a lovely animal and was so popular with all of our visitors. We will all miss her.”

Visitors will still be able to see Chota in the red panda enclosure.

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