IN JUNE an animal mystery was finally solved, as a curious case of weight gain at a Hayle wildlife park turned out to be an exciting pregnancy.
On Tuesday, June 25, Jai-Li, a rare red panda, gave birth to twins at the town's Paradise Park.
The event came as a surprise to many, as in the months leading up to the new arrivals an ultrasound examination had proved inconclusive and nobody could pinpoint the cause of Jai-Li's weight gain.
Staff at the park had said the now two-year-old Jai-Li had not been given more food than her partner, Lang-Za, and it was a welcome discovery when the panda twins were confirmed.
The red pandas' keeper, Donna Sinclair, 27, was also expecting at the time and was on her first day of maternity leave when the new mother gave birth.
However, Donna rushed back to Paradise Park after hearing the news so she could meet the new arrivals.