Spring has sprung!
Published: Mar 1, 2016Spring has sprung and here at Newquay Zoo we have not only been welcoming lighter evenings and the odd hint of sunshine, but also many new arrivals!
Spring has sprung and here at Newquay Zoo we have not only been welcoming lighter evenings and the odd hint of sunshine, but also many new arrivals!
First is a baby warty pig. This little four-legged piglet was born a couple of months ago at the zoo. We’ve been keeping a close eye on her and we are delighted to announce that they showing all the signs of being a healthy and happy little pig. Warty pigs get their name from warts on the boar’s face that help protect him from war-wounds during the mating season. Baby warty piglets are born with soft, stripey fur, but as they reach maturity they will lose this and grow their darker, tougher adult coat. In the wild the babies small striped bodies are nicely camouflaged allowing them to follow their mother around the forest or stay safely hidden away whilst she forages for food.
Next up on the new arrivals list is a new brood of baby Asian short clawed otters. These super swimmers have been hiding out in the otter house for a few weeks while they get used to their new surroundings. We have been keeping our distance to allow these little furry fellows to form strong bonds with their family but we hope soon to be able to catch the first glimpse of them in the coming weeks.
Some more eggcellant news is that our penguins are currently sitting nicely on some freshly laid eggs. Incubation of Humbolt penguin eggs is usually between 40 and 42 days, and so in the coming weeks we will be able to hopefully spot them in the nest where they will stay until they have grown their important layer of insulating feathers. The parents will then take it in turns to get the food, which they will then regurgitate for their chicks. The chicks will rely on their parents for food until they are around 6 months old.