Results tagged “zoo” from Sunday Mercury - Weird Science

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Fingers are crossed that the UK's giant panda couple Tian Tian and Yang Guang will mate within days.

Edinburgh Zoo said female Tian Tian is about 10 days away from her short fertile window, perhaps less.

The pair were introduced to each other before last year's breeding season but did not mate.

Hippo hangout for ducks

By Daniel Smith on Aug 6, 12 12:05 PM

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At first glance it must have looked like the perfect place for these ducks to do a spot of preening.

But this pair of mallards may have underestimated the precarious nature of their resting place on the lake.

Rather than a rocky outcrop, the birds are actually sitting on the back of Spot the hippo - one of the most dangerous animals at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire.

Rhino is airlifted in

By Daniel Smith on May 23, 12 11:23 PM

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A two-tonne white rhino has been winched by crane into her new home at a safari park.

Eight-year-old Lucy has been transferred to Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling, from West Midland Safari Park, in Bewdley, Worcestershire, as part of a European breeding programme.

In exchange, Blair Drummond will be sending its two-year-old female, Ailsa, to West Midland, in order to avoid any in-breeding among both parks' rhino populations.

Lucy travelled more than 300 miles (483km) to her new home last night, where she was lowered into the rhino enclosure by a team of experts using a crane.

After sniffing the ground for several minutes, she tentatively took her first steps around the enclosure.

Lucy will be given time to adjust to her new surroundings before being introduced to the park's other rhinos - Dot, Graham and their five-month-old calf, Angus.

It is hoped that Lucy and Graham, Blair Drummond's only mature bull rhino, will eventually mate.

Keepers hoping for Lion romance

By Daniel Smith on Nov 16, 11 03:12 PM

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Keepers at a wild animal park are hoping romance blossoms between a newly arrived lioness and a male lion to help protect their critically endangered sub-species.

Eleven-year-old Ruti, a Barbary lioness, was flown from Madrid Zoo to Britain where it is hoped she will catch the eye of male Barbary lion Milo at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park near Ashford, Kent.

Barbary lions, also known as Atlas lions, have long been extinct in the wild but used to roam across a large part of north Africa, from Morocco to Egypt.

Baby monkey catches a ride

By Daniel Smith on Jun 15, 11 10:00 AM

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A three-week-old baby golden lion tamarin, one of a pair, clings to its mother's back at Bristol Zoo Gardens, where there has been a recent boom in the number of newborn babies to various species.


Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith - a long time ago, in a galaxy far away just north of Watford, Daniel fancied himself as a scientist but turned out to be the worst scientist since that bloke who mapped out all those canals on Mars that turned out to be scratches on his telescope's lens. Luckily, he is now not working on the Large Hadron Collider inadvertently creating a black hole that would swallow the world but is safely behind a desk writing this blog, bringing you the fantastical underbelly of nature... weird science.

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