Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Pictures: Baby boom at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

12:02 18 June 2014

The newborn baby lar gibbon with proud mum Parker. Picture: Trish Waller.

The newborn baby lar gibbon with proud mum Parker. Picture: Trish Waller.

Trish Waller

Attraction celebrates the patter of tiny feet and paws with gibbons, meerkats and wallabies... oh my.

The meerkat cubs at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park are not shy about showing their faces to the public. Picture: Jason Till.The meerkat cubs at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park are not shy about showing their faces to the public. Picture: Jason Till.

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.

One of the newly arrived albino wallabies takes a restin mum's pouch. Picture: Jason Till.One of the newly arrived albino wallabies takes a restin mum's pouch. Picture: Jason Till.

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.”

Other News Stories

15:54
The first turbine is hoisted into place at Batsworthy Cross, near South Molton. Picture: Submitted

Stormy weather holds up progress bur engineers say wind farm could be operational by the end of summer

Read more
14:55
Some care homes have been ranked below par by the CQC

Almost half of homes inspected since November 2014 classed as ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’

Read more
39 minutes ago
North Devon Magistrates' Court.

Barnstaple’s crown court service - one of 86 to be axed across the UK - has not been used since 2012.

Read more
14:08
Cheyne car park can be lashed by winter storms. Picture: Aaron Collins.

Ilfracombe seafront car park could come under town control

Read more
13:24
Paula Byrom, Patricia Shepherd and Roger Byrom with the polio appeal crocuses.

Get your purple crocus now to show your support for the End Polio Now campaign this month

Read more
Storm Imogen batters the promenade at Westward Ho! on Monday afternoon. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Met Office issues a yellow weather warning for North Devon on Saturday.

Read more
Rob Braddick in front of the new caravans. Picture: Sarah Howells

Rob Braddick says bookings for 2016 are up on last year as he completes £800,000 investment in new caravans in Westward Ho! park.

Read more

Two Ford cars involved in collision this morning (Thursday) near Barnstaple Premier Inn.

Read more

Two cars collided on the Link Road near South Molton this morning (Thursday).

Read more
Yesterday, 17:20
North Devon Council has welcomed news of extra rural funding from central government.

Local councils are set to receive more central government support to help ease the effects of funding cuts between now and 2020.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 3°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications