Laura’s got it covered

Senior keeper Laura Robbins was up with the lark for a marathon paint-in to transform the tapirs’ internal enclosure.

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Laura said: “We aim to paint it at least twice a year as tapirs and their room-mates the capybaras, are messy creatures and the place soon starts to look grubby.

“But it’s quite a big area to cover and we have to get it all done and dried within the day as the tapirs need to get back in there to sleep!”

She added: “I started at about 6am and it was still dark when I arrived on site and I did get a few looks from the animals, as if to say what are you doing here at this time, but I wanted to ensure it would be dry before bedtime.

“Thankfully, the weather was good so the tapirs didn’t mind being locked out for the day!”

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Laura repainted the beige external walls in the South American paddock for Brazilian tapir family, Chico, Meena, Ronnie, Tallulah and baby Eve.

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She added: “It looks so much fresher, but I don’t expect it will stay that way for long, they’ve already started scratching up against my lovely painted walls!”