Hatches, matches and dispatches

It’s been a busy Easter for keepers with three babes born in the Barbary Sheep enclosure, a male black swan paired with a female at Birdworld, in Farnham, Surrey, and our Eurasian lynx, Chloe, translocated to Five Sisters Zoo, in West Lothian, Scotland, as part of an international conservation project.

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Barbary babe settles in with mum

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Black swan meets his mate 

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 Chloe heads for Scotland

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BUT SNOW STOPS PLAY FOR GIRAFFES

Staff faced a tall order to clear the giraffe paddock of snow to enable Kubwa, Josie and Mia to get outside.

A team of keepers spent a whole day manually shovelling all snow and ice from the paddock to ensure nothing was left on the ground.

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Team leader, Jay Haywood, said: “We can’t let our three giraffes out unless the ground is clear as it would be dangerous if they slip.

“They’ve been inside for over a week as we hoped the sun would come out and melt the snow, but with the weather remaining dry and cold, it wasn’t disappearing, so we grabbed our shovels and got to work.

“It took a long time as we can’t just move it to the side; we have to make sure every little bit is out of the paddock.”