Baby Gorilla Shufai wants to play and keeps disturbing mums beauty sleep. He keeps climbing, standing on her and just in the need for some attention and mum’s milk. Mum takes it all in her stride. He has a little suckle and when Ozala finally sits up, Shufai is just giving her that cute look/stare as to stay, common mum a bit more energy, please play with me. She just carries on cuddling him and it looks as if she blowing raspberries on Shufais belly.
This is the rare and unusual Binturong (Arctictis binturong), also known as a Bearcat. They’re originally from Southeast Asia and have been assessed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. This Binturong lives at the Birmingham Wildlife center in Birmingham England together with a couple of otters. They seem to stay out of each others way as they’ve got different housing within the enclosure, but as you can see in the video, the Otters do pop their head into the Binturong home from time to time. If you haven’t heard it before, you’re probably wondering.. popcorn smelling? It is actually a proven fact that they do really smell of popcorn! They say the pee has the same chemical compounds 2-AP that gives popcorn its tantalising scent! I can still remember the first time someone ask me, do they really smell of popcorn and I thought they were joking or just crazy, but yes I can confirm they do smell of popcorn! 🙂
These small clawed otters, also called Asian small clawed Otter are just adorable. When it’s food time, they are trying to make time go quicker by playing with the stones. They’re ‘juggling’ them from one paw to another, flip the stones in the air and just love to bounce them off the glass. Just look at their cute face and don’t miss the end when a keeper walks past with some food. The reaction is just priceless as they’re jumping up and down the glass in anticipation. In the end it’s all worth it and they’re coming back to the camera to show off their food.
This Asian short clawed otter or oriental short clawed otter is frantically looking for some nesting material and carrying it all its mouth around the enclosure and finally getting it into its den. Even a very thorny bush branch is amongst the collection of leaves and sticks. They say otters build nest every day for comfort and security. Not sure about the comfort bit, with that thorny branch.
Nest are not just for birds! Otters are mammals, along with primates like gorillas and orangutans that build great nests.
A close up of a wild red fox, a frequent visitor to the garden, has a real go at the tied up dog chew. She’s pulling, having a tag of war with the dog chew. I love it when she looks up to see if anybody is watching and then just carrying on afterwards. At the end she licks her lips. It must have been a nice treat for her.
Yes, I know she has got a tick on her head, I wish I could remove it, but I don’t think she will let me 🙂
Just a little compilation of some of Lopes not so well known quirks that make him such a lovable character.
His funny walks, his left leg kicking out when he walks on all fours , knocking on the shelter and swinging his arms and doing a little hop, my favourite. Not quite sure what he was doing inside the enclosure, but hey that’s Lope.
Some more footage from Lope and his little brother Shufai. Shufai still trying to bite his older brother playfully while Lopes arms seem floppy and lets his baby brother do what he does.
I added a clip on the end as well, as I thought that was an especially sweet moment between these two brothers.
Hairless chimpanzee is really enjoying his food. The zoo staff put it a lot of vegetables in a bottle and some wood shavings to make it a bit harder to get to. You can see Jambo removing the wood shaving and eating the vegetables. Jambo suffers from alopecia, which is the general medical term for hair loss.
Twycross Zoo is building a new enclosure for the chimpanzees and should be ready next year!
This Lar Gibbon ( white-handed gibbon) seems to have a great time doing crazy acrobatics on the tree. Dudley Zoo in England has a good enclosure. Large natural trees and bushes growing on the banks of the Dudley Castle for the gibbons to climb on and have fun in and this one certainly makes use of all that space. Did you know that gibbons aren’t monkeys? There are actually smaller apes or lesser apes. Like all apes, gibbons are tailless.
Orangutan infant is exploring his surroundings at the Twycross Zoo in England without his mum, but she isn’t that far away and has a watchful eye on her son. He’s inspecting the climbing net and having a wander. Just look at his hairdo, he just so cute. He’s still crawling along when mum comes and picks him up of the grass.