Unlikely animal alliance at wildlife park

PUBLISHED: 12:37 18 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:05 11 May 2010

Keeper Megan Cooper with the mara and the lamb

Keeper Megan Cooper with the mara and the lamb

TWO residents of a wildlife park have struck up an unlikely friendship. The baby mara and lamb from Shepreth Wildlife Park have become firm friends after both were orphaned recently. The animals are social creatures, and staff at the park said they benefi

TWO residents of a wildlife park have struck up an unlikely friendship.

The baby mara and lamb from Shepreth Wildlife Park have become firm friends after both were orphaned recently.

The animals are social creatures, and staff at the park said they benefit from each others company. Last year, keepers successfully reared a mara and a duckling together.

Babies have been springing up all over the grounds of the park in the last few weeks, with young polecats, coati's, and kangaroo's all being born.

Rebecca Willers, animal manager at Shepreth, said "We are delighted to have so many new arrivals at the Wildlife Park this year. We are particularly excited about the polecat kits, as these are part of a national breeding programmme in which the young will be released back into protected areas in the wild."

Shepreth Wildlife Park celebrated its 25th anniversary last weekend, with Cambridge United football star Jon Challinor attending as guest of honour.

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