Pictures: Baby boom at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park
12:02 18 June 2014
Attraction celebrates the patter of tiny feet and paws with gibbons, meerkats and wallabies... oh my.
A baby boom is underway at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park with the patter of tiny feet and paws keeping staff on their toes.
The latest arrival is a baby lar gibbon, born on Thursday to proud mum Parker and dad Dillon, but in recent weeks meerkats and wallabies have also added to the park’s numbers.
Gibbon mum and baby are doing well and she is proud to show the youngster off to visitors at the park.
Dillon is typically keeping out of the way, believing he has done his bit and is more likely to be seen play fighting with their other son Marwah.
The two-year-old was fascinated by the appearance of his sibling and couldn’t stop himself prodding the youngster, much to the annoyance of mum.
The park’s six week old meerkat pups have been making their appearance at the daily meerkat encounter show.
Keepers suspected there were new arrivals in the desert enclosure after observing two of the adults on sentry duty at a newly dug underground burrow.
But it was a member of the public who was lucky enough to spot them making their first appearance.
Now, to the excitement of visitors, they make a regular appearance with mum and dad at the daily encounters, happily playing around their keepers’ legs.
Five joeys have also been born to the park’s red-necked wallabies and are beginning to venture beyond the safety of mum’s warm pouch.
“Unusually this year two of the young are albino, with pink eyes and white fur, even though mum and dad are their usual reddish-brown colour,” said park director Dawn Gilbert.
“Some are now venturing out to explore but are quick to jump back into mum’s pouch if it gets a bit nippy or they feel a bit hungry. It never ceases to amaze me how much mum’s pouch stretches to allow older and larger joeys to take refuge.”