Newquay Zoo is celebrating the birth of one of the most endangered deer in the world.

The female Philippine Spotted fawn was born just before Christmas and is already out with the herd.

Here she is with her family - just as cute as Bambi. Credit: Miriam Haas

The new arrival – a female - was born to mother Sookie and father Alfie on 23 December 2017. She joins brother Trevor, who is coming up to a year old.

Keepers say the future of the species is at risk as it is hunted illegally and its habitat is being destroyed.

We have been very successful with this species in recent years. We have a recommendation for breeding and we breed them every year. Philippine spotted deer are probably the most endangered deer in the world - partly because of habitat destruction, but illegal hunting is a problem, too.

John Meek, Curator of Animals, Newquay Zoo
Newquay Zoo says the new fawn is a little ray of hope. Credit: ITV West Country

Despite legal protection against poaching in the wild, Philippine spotted deer are still hunted

European zoos, including Newquay, are working on a captive breeding programme for the species, but their future in the wild looks uncertain.