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Welsh Mountain Zoo enjoys baby boom

Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay has welcomed a number of new arrivals in a flurry of feathers and fur recently.

Six flamingo chicks, a rare brown baby lemur, a pair of meerkats and five red squirrel babies were all born within weeks of each other at the National Zoo of Wales.

The Chilean flamingos hatched with soft white feathers, but won’t take on their iconic pink colour until they are between 5 and 7 years old. The chicks are fed a diet of fish, krill, boiled egg, vitamins, minerals and cod liver oil up to six times a day, and as part of their daily exercise routine, keepers also take the flamingo youngsters on walks around the zoo, much to the amusement and delight of visitors.

The brown baby lemur, a very rare and endangered species, has been named Figaro and is the first born at the zoo. Along with two liters of red squirrels, the most recent arrivals are a couple  of mischievous meerkats, who were born to a new breeding pair and are proving a huge hit already…


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