Exmoor Zoo is celebrating the arrival of three little bush dog puppies.

Bush dogs at Exmoor Zoo. Picture: Steve Rawlins/Exmoor ZooBush dogs at Exmoor Zoo. Picture: Steve Rawlins/Exmoor Zoo

Visitors are being treated to views of the cute pups as they emerge from their den for the first time.

After their parents arrived at the Bratton Fleming attraction in February this year, the keepers noticed a little romance taking place.

The bush dog originates from the Amazon basin but as part of a breeding programme they were transferred to Exmoor to begin a journey to prevent the animals going extinct.

There are about 180 individuals in the breeding program across European zoos and Exmoor is just one in 10 in the UK looking after this species.

The bush dog is an accomplished swimmer, but as a safety measure the keepers have drained the habitat's swimming pool as the babies take their first steps.

In another four weeks, the pool will be restored.