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Norfolk zoo launches competition to name wild kittens

Image credit: Liam Austin.

Banham Zoo, which reopened earlier this month with coronavirus measures in place, has welcome four Pallas cat kittens.

It's believed they were born to mum, Bella, and dad, Khal, around mid-April.

The zoo expected the mother had given birth due to her behaviour, and keepers first saw one of the kittens on 22nd April.

Now, Banham Zoo has launched a free competition on its Facebook page to help name the furry additions.

The zoo's keepers will review the public's suggestions and pick the winning names after the competition closed on 1st August.

Video credit: Banham Zoo.

A visit from the vet last week found the kittens were all male and around three-months-old.

They were also given their first vaccinations and microchips.

Animal Manager at the zoo, Mike Woolham, said: "We can’t wait to hear everybody’s name suggestions for our new kittens.

"Although it is difficult for keepers to identify any personality traits for the kittens just yet, they are so very playful if still a little shy.

"They still stay close to their mum’s side a lot of the time but can sometimes be found playing together around the enclosure."

Pallas cat kittens Banham Zoo (CC Liam Austin)
Image credit: Liam Austin.

Pallas cats are native to central Asia, where they live on rocky steppes at altitudes of over 4,000 feet.

The zoo is looking for names which reflect their heritage.

While the competition is free, the Zoological Society of East Anglia, which runs Banham Zoo and Africa Alive!, is asking people to support the Save our Zoos fundraising appeal.

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