Chester Zoo celebrates baby rhino baby boom
Two of the world’s rarest pigs and a pair of baby otters have had their first ever health check-ups at Chester Zoo.
Keepers at Chester Zoo are celebrating the birth of a rare giraffe, Millie.
Two sloths at Chester Zoo have been undergoing a health check. Its the first time that the gender of Tina and Camillo has positively been confirmed and both were given a clean bill of health.
Vet Steve Unwin
“Few people may be aware that sloths have more ribs than any other mammal...They boast 46 whereas elephants only have 40, horses 36 and humans 24. This fascinating x-ray gives a rare glimpse into the make-up of this wonderful and rather intriguing creature.” **
· The two toed sloth is native to south America
· The two-toed sloth does everything while hanging upside down from trees, including eating, sleeping, mating, and even giving birth.
· Sloths move slowly and sleep for 15 hours a day to conserve energy.
Two of the world’s rarest pigs and a pair of ‘feisty’ baby otters have had their first ever health check-ups at Chester Zoo.
The pint-sized piglets and tiny pups were checked over by the zoo’s vets who gave them a clean bill of health.
Keepers at Chester Zoo have stepped in to raise a young antelope dik-dik after it was rejected by its mother.
Aluna the Kirk's dik-dik antelope was born two weeks ago but was unable to bond with her mother.
It is the second time keepers ta the zoo have had to hand-rear a young dik-dik after a female new born was rejected in 2010 - possibly due to cold weather.
The species is native to Kenya, Tanzania, and Namibia and arrived at the zoo in 2008.
The youngster will be bottle fed milk five times a day until it can eat on its own.
Chester Zoo says its in the midst of a baby boom after seven baby animal were born there in the past two months.
This baby elephant is the latest addition to the zoo, following the birth of a baby rhino, baby Sumatran orangutan, baby Rothschild giraffe, baby okapi and two baby giant otters.
All the animals have been born within the last couple of months making it the biggest baby animal boom in the zoo's 80-year history.