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Childhood sweetheart pops the question at Dudley Zoo

It was pure animal magic for one loved-up couple today, as a beaming groom-to-be popped the question to his childhood sweetheart as she fed her favourite animal - the giraffe.

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Loved-up man enlists giraffes to help pop the question

It was pure animal magic for one loved-up couple today, as a beaming groom-to-be popped the question to his childhood sweetheart as she fed her favourite animal.

Dean Wood, from Walsall, arranged a visit to Dudley Zoo with his long-term girlfriend Katherine Spooner to celebrate his 24th birthday today - and enlisted the help of staff to get up close and personal with the zoo's three rare Rothschild giraffes.

Getting hitched: Dean Wood and Katherine Spooner, with one of the giraffes who played a role in the proposal Credit: Dudley Zoo

And while she was feeding the exotic beasts, he dropped to one knee and whipped out a sparkling diamond.

After she said yes, the school friends - who have been together for eight years - were presented with a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of bubbly by staff at the zoo.

They are now looking forward to planning their big day.

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