The clatter of tiny hooves has come to Exmoor Zoo with the birth of two cute baby antelope.

Sitatunga fawns are taking their first steps outside at Exmoor Zoo. Picture: Exmoor ZooSitatunga fawns are taking their first steps outside at Exmoor Zoo. Picture: Exmoor Zoo

The zoo near Bratton Fleming said the baby sitatunga had been its best kept secret this winter, but now the weather has improved the doors of the sitatunga house were opened to release the two new arrivals.

The adorable fawns, named Ivy and Tulip, will grow up to be swamp-dwelling antelope preferring the wetland areas of Africa, also known as marsh buck.

Their hooves make them clumsy and vulnerable on firm terrain, but perfectly adapted for walking through muddy, vegetated swamplands and for swimming in rivers.

With cold and wet conditions clamped on Exmoor this winter, the decision was taken to keep the two heavily pregnant sitatunga inside over the winter and the babies too when they arrived in December and January.

Sitatunga fawns are taking their first steps outside at Exmoor Zoo. Picture: Exmoor ZooSitatunga fawns are taking their first steps outside at Exmoor Zoo. Picture: Exmoor Zoo

But now they are out and about roaming the paddock with the rest of their family.

They can be seen from our enclosed viewing area overlooking the paddock or by just walking around their enclosure.

Sitatunga fawns are taking their first steps outside at Exmoor Zoo. Picture: Exmoor Zoo/John HammondSitatunga fawns are taking their first steps outside at Exmoor Zoo. Picture: Exmoor Zoo/John Hammond