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Snowy owl chicks first to be hatched in 15 years at zoo

The two snowy owl chicks have hatched at Drusillas Park Credit: Drusillas Park

Two snowy owl chicks have hatched at Drusillas Park in East Sussex and are the first to be successfully reared at the zoo in over 15 years.

Although they are fluffy and grey now, their new white feathers will replace the down as they get older.

The chicks will gradually turn lighter and "whiter" as they get older Credit: Drusillas Park

Porker the pig makes another World Cup prediction

Porker the Prediction Pig has been hogging the limelight once again at Drusillas Park, East Sussex – he has foreseen that Chile will be triumphant in tomorrow’s World Cup last 16 game against host nation Brazil.

Porker the pig makes his next World Cup prediction Credit: Drusillas Park

The mystic pig once again dribbled his way out from the penalty box towards two fodder-filled buckets; one flying the flag of Brazil and other adorning the colours of Chile.

The goal was that Porker would predict the winning team based on which bucket he pigged out on first and Chile just nicked it in the last second of extra time.

Porker, has excellent form after correctly predicting the outcome of England’s match against Uruguay last week.

Now all that remains to be seen is whether he’s right again or just telling porkies. If his prediction does comes true, there’s a very good chance he’ll become a little pig-headed!

Rare black lemur born at zoo in East Sussex

The baby lemur was born last month and has been growing in confidence Credit: Drusillas Park

A rare black lemur has been born at Drusillas Park in East Sussex.

The baby was born last month at the zoo's walkthrough enclosure Lemurland.

Under the careful eye of mum Clementine, the new arrival has been growing in confidence and will soon be exploring its surroundings.

The sex of the baby is not yet known although over the next few months, it will be clear to tell.

If it's a male, it will be all black with orange eyes whereas the females are brown with long whitish ear tufts.

Only then will the keepers name the baby!


African insect snuck into family's suitcase

The praying mantis travelled home in the family's suitcase unbeknown to them Credit: Drusillas Park

A praying mantis that snuck into a family's suitcase and travelled from South Africa to the UK has now been re-homed in Sussex.

The tropical bug was discovered by the Menzies family when they washed their holiday clothes after returning from their fortnight away.

The Menzies family were shocked to find the insect among their holiday clothes Credit: Drusillas Park

After discovering the insect, Mum Pippa rang Drusillas Park who agreed to take the mantis in.

Drusillas' bug expert Angela Hale said: "Praying mantis are intriguing creatures that pose no threat to humans.

"They are not difficult to care for but you do need to know what you are doing in order to ensure they remain happy and healthy. Pippa did the right thing by getting in touch and we will provide the mantis with a good home.”

Praying mantis live in tropical climates around the world and they are named after their two prominent front legs, which are bent and held together as if they are praying.

Staff left amazed as they find Wallace the penguin flying

Zoo keepers at Drusillas Park in Sussex have had the surprise of their life after they found one of their penguins flying.

Wallace the penguin is known for his speed and has always been a lot faster than the other birds.

Staff think that his unusually large wingspan and his recent weight loss has made him more aerodynamic, meaning he can fly.

Wallace was born at the park in 2012.

Staff at Drusillas Park watching Wallace the penguin fly Credit: Drusillas Park

Pan-da-cakes served up for animal park

Red pandas at Drusillas Park enjoying Shrove Tuesday Credit: Drusillas Park

Red pandas at Drusillas Park have joined in the celebration of Shrove Tuesday by eating some special pancakes.

Mulan and Tibao were served unconventional crepes - from a mix known as panda cake.

Panda cake is a special dietary product which contains many of the daily nutrients required to keep the pandas fit and healthy.

Head Keeper Mark said: "We work hard in the zoo to deliver foodand other items of interest to the animals in ways that will keep them mentally stimulated.”

"Pandas are nervous creatures and they were a little wary at first. Mulan was the first to come and investigate - she can never resist a grape! She cleared the whole crepe up in a jiffy!”

In the defence of the false widow spider

The False Widow Spider Credit: Drusillas Park

A spider expert from Sussex is trying to dispel some myths surrounding the false widow spider following a series of news reports about people being bitten.

Angela Hale, from Drusillas Park, said: “There has been a lot of recent press interest into the presence of false widow spiders in the UK. However, the truth is these spiders are incredibly common in the South of England and have been living happily all around us since 1879.”

Angela, who is also the secretary of the British Tarantula Society, keeps a collection of over 150 spiders at home in her spare bedroom!

She added: “The bite of a false widow is similar to that of a bee sting and has no long term lasting effects.”

Angela Hale is a spider expert Credit: Drusillas Park
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