Cute cats make an early first appearance to enjoy the summer sunshine

There were exciting times at Exmoor zoo as the new puma cubs made their first ever public appearance, writes Joe Williams.

The extreme heatwave has lured the cubs out of their den some two weeks ahead of schedule and the zoo is delighted the youngsters are beginning to explore their new surroundings.

Exmoor Zoo curator Danny Reynolds explained: "With our previous cubs born here we can accurately guess when they should be seen by our visitors and this has been a lovely surprise, as the cubs are venturing out into their enclosure and playing on full view to the visiting public much sooner than we anticipated."