Drusilla’s Zoo near Alfriston welcomes capybara babies

A ZOO celebrates the birth of a capybara — the first in over a decade.

Keepers at Drusillas Park on Alfriston Road announced the arrival after mating two of their capybaras, Clementine and Augustus.

Born on June 22, the youngster is the first at the zoo in 11 years.

Head Keeper Gemma Romanis said: “We were absolutely delighted when we spotted the new baby a few weeks ago, not just because it’s our first capybara pup in over a decade, but because everyone has been rooting for Clementine and Augustus – and ours Efforts to help them find love really worked.”

The Argus: The unnamed baby KapybaraThe unnamed baby capybara

Mum Clementine had turned down many potential suitors over the years and the keepers had all but given up hope of finding her a mate.

However, the young male Augustus was introduced and the staff conducted very slow and careful introductions over the following months.

To add to the romance earlier this year, zookeepers arranged a romantic dinner for the couple for Valentine’s Day – complete with white linen table settings, flowers, bell and heart decorations, in hopes of hearing the sound of tiny hooves soon.

The Argus: The zoo said the capybara was fine and looked healthyThe zoo said the capybara is doing well and appears healthy

Gemma Romanis explained: “Clementine has been with us for a long time and is very affectionate and affectionate towards us, but in contrast she has been very dismissive of other capybaras that we have tried to introduce over the years.

“When we saw a glimmer of hope in her attitude toward Augustus, we did everything we could to encourage him.

“In a beautiful turn of events, the dates between the romantic meal until the arrival of the new baby and the gestation period for capybaras suggest that our Valentine’s Day dinner may have been even more successful than we thought!”

The Argus: Clementine and AugustusClementine and Augustus

The new family of three is now described as “inseparable”, barely more than a few feet apart.

Zoo keepers have observed that the unnamed girl is “healthy, lively and already very confident,” showing that she feels safe and secure under her parents’ careful supervision.

“New parents Clementine and Augustus took to their new jobs as a matter of course,” the park adds.

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