A colony of lesser horseshoe bats have taken refuge in the belly of a fibre-glass dinosaur at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park.

A colony of rare, lesser horseshoe bats has decided to make its home in a dinosaur at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park.

Wildlife researchers recently discovered the bats living in the belly of the giant fibre-glass triceratops, one of a range of large, replica dinosaurs on display.

The finding was made by The Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project.

Ruth Testa manages the bat project, and said: "Bats will seek out safe and dry places they can rest up during the day before venturing out at night to look for food.

The lesser horseshoe bat.The lesser horseshoe bat.

"The stomach of this dinosaur obviously fitted the bill."

Louisa Bartlett, senior primate keeper at the park, said: "It is fantastic to discover we have bats living in a triceratops, we always knew we had wild bats on site but never really knew where.

"The fact that they have decided to live in a dinosaur just makes it even more exciting."

To guard against disturbance the park is now asking its visitors to give the bats - and their triceratops home - some space.