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"That's my spot!" Crocodile tussles with terrapin at Paignton Zoo

This terrapin refused to budge Credit: Abigail Hewings / Paignton Zoo.

A crocodile at Paignton Zoo found an effective way of resolving the problem when he found somebody sat in his favourite spot.

The West African dwarf crocodile simply sat on top of his companion - a red-eared terrapin.

The photograph captures the quietly-determined tussle as the two battled it out for space under one of the heat lamps.

We have multiple basking spots in the enclosure to prevent competition and allow plenty of choice, so why they decided to climb over each other, I don’t know!

– Mike Bungard, curator of Lower Vertebrates and Invertebrates

The pair live in the Zoo’s Reptile Tropics exhibit and are usually on good terms.

Decorated rhinos coming to Paignton Zoo

40 birghtly coloured models will be placed around Exeter and Torbay to raise money next summer Credit: ITV News

A herd of multicoloured, decorated rhinos are coming to Paignton Zoo next summer to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Following in the footsteps of the Great Gorilla trail in 2013, Exeter and Torbay will be adorned with 40 models to raise awareness of the rhino's plight and their critically endangered status.

The money raised will go towards saving them.


Rare King colobus monkey born at Paignton Zoo

King colobus monkeys are listed as a vulnerable species. Credit: Paignton Zoo/PA Wire

A rare King colobus monkey has been born at Paignton Zoo.

The animal, which has not been named yet, was born on Saturday to proud parents Martin and Ivy.

The baby is currently pure white but will eventually develop the distinctive black markings of the King colobus when it is about a month old.

The new arrival is important, as there are only six collections in Europe holding King colobus.

The species is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as vulnerable. It is threatened by habitat destruction and hunting for food.


King colobus monkeys, which weigh less than 1kg at birth, mainly eat leaves and spend all of their lives in tree tops.

Baboon 'Staying Alive' after heart attack with help from the Bee Gees

Aunt Bessie recovering from her ordeal. Credit: Paignton Zoo

A baboon at Paignton Zoo whose heart had stopped was brought back to life after the vet giving her CPR used the song 'Staying Alive' to count compressions.

The ailing monkey, named Aunt Bessie, collapsed twice in one afternoon. After the second time her heart stopped her chances of survival were slim, but she began to recover after the zoo's vet played the classic Bee Gees hit while trying to revive her.

This, combined with adrenaline and corticosteroids helped the four-year-old monkey turn a corner.

Aunt Bessie is now fully recovered and back with her troop at the zoo.

A baboon's heart rate is similar to that of a young human so the British Heart Foundation’s TV commercial used the song because it's a good prompt for the rate of cardiac massage ... You start to wonder whether anything you do will make a difference, but you have to keep trying when you believe there is still a chance.

– Ghislaine Sayers, Head Vet at Paignton Zoo


An orang utan at Paignton Zoo plays at dressing up

One of five orang utans living at Paignton Zoo

An orang utan at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in Devon has demonstrated a flair for fashion.

Gambira, a 16-year-old Bornean orang utan, fashioned a dress out of a hessian sack which she wore for several hours. The sacks were donated to the charity by the Costa Rica Plantation Company of Torquay.

There are fewer Bornean orang utans in the entire world than there are human beings in Torquay

This behaviour is showing both the intelligence and curiosity of orang utans. The keepers cut holes in the sides of the sacks but after that it’s up to the orangs how they use them. It’s great enrichment for them – it stimulates them mentally and physically and tests their dexterity.

They will use small pieces of fabric to soak up liquids to suck or chew. They also shelter under the sacks as they would giant leaves in the wild, which is practical if it is hot or wet, or if you want a bit of privacy. Getting into a sack is just playful curiosity.

– Neil Bemment, Curator of Mammals and Director of Operations

Paignton Zoo lion has acupuncture

Lucifer the lion getting acupuncture from vet Nicki Grint Credit: Paignton Zoo

One of the lions at Paignton Zoo is being treated with acupuncture following a foot operation. Recent arrival Lucifer had previously had a tumour removed but it had failed to heal properly.

Veterinary anaesthetist Nicki Grint had previously only used acupuncture on dogs. The aim is to reduce pain and improve blood flow to aid the healing process.

Lucifer got his name because his number in the computerised Animal Record Keeping System (ARKS) is 666. He recently arrived in Devon to join two females, mother and daughter Indu and Maliya.

Lucifer - devil of a lion Credit: Chris Rockley

Lions to leave Paignton Zoo

Three lion cubs are to leave Paignton Zoo now they've reached adulthood. They will now go to new homes across Europe. The animals were raised as part of an international breeding programme designed to boost their numbers. There are less than 400 Asiatic lions living in the wild.

Lion cubs raised at Paignton Zoo are moving now they've reached adulthood. Credit: ITV News West Country
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