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Saturday 16 December 2017

Zoo 'like a creche' thanks to baby boom

Jade Nolan

TO paraphrase Bertie, the baby boom has just got boomier.

The recent births of a six-foot baby giraffe, a newborn blackbuck calf, nine piglets and a baby macaque have turned Dublin Zoo into something resembling a creche.

"It's been a busy month, but a brilliant month," team-leader Ciaran McMahon said.

"We are experiencing one of the biggest baby booms at the zoo in years. Everyday I come in there seems to be another addition to our ever-expanding family!"

The birth of baby Kituba in March saw the beginning of the boom, which has helped protect several endangered species.

"The season has been strong for newborns. We have Kituba the gorilla, as well as a yet unnamed baby giraffe, and both are getting healthier every day.

"Then we have a blackbuck, a little macaque and now nine piglets have been born. People would be forgiven for thinking it's a creche, rather than a zoo."

And more are expected.

"During the summer months we expect to gain a few more youngsters, including some baby tigers and another giraffe calf," Mr McMahon said.

Irish Independent

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