Friday 22 May 2015

11 of the cutest spring baby animals to 'aww' at in Gloucestershire

Downy ducklings, little lambs, mini meerkats and more new arrivals are being born every day as the weather warms up, and SoGlos has found 11 of the best places to see spring babies in Gloucestershire. Aww!

While spring means an extra hour of daylight, warmer weather and the chance to update your winter wardrobe, as the new season unfolds, nature welcomes billions of tiny babies that animal lovers just can’t help but coo over.

Gloucestershire is home to an array of wildlife centres, gardens and farms where little and big kids alike can meet a flurry of spring babies, from fluffy chicks to tiny alpacas, and even King Penguins, with 11 of the best featuring in SoGlos’s latest hot list.

1. Slimbridge Wetland Centre

The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust HQ has a host of cute animals for guests to fawn over, including miniature harvest mice the size of baked beans, fluffy goslings, and cuddly cygnets. And from Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 May 2015, visitors also have the opportunity to coo over a newly-hatched batch of downy ducklings, and take a peek into the first few days of their feathery lives at the busy duckery.

2. Birdland Park and Gardens

This Bourton-on-the-Water attraction is home to the country’s only group of King penguins which have been enjoying the newly installed nesting site so much that they’ve already laid five eggs. Visitors can also greet the adorable new addition to the penguin family, the King penguin chick. Other endearing babies include a selection of newborn chicks at the hatchery, and the park’s first ever emu chick, which is currently being hand-reared and is ready to meet excited guests.

3. Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

It’s been an exciting time at the Cotswold Wildlife Park this April, with a baby Rhino joining the animal family at Burford, arriving just in time to celebrate the park’s 45th anniversary. Guests can visit the newest arrival at the local attraction, alongside gorgeous Wolverine cubs and baby Ring-tailed lemurs, also roaming around the wildlife park.

4. Cotswold Farm Park

Adam Henson’s famous farm park in Guiting Power is the place to go to see hundreds of bleating baby lambs, not to mention fluffy ducklings, hatching chicks, and ridiculously cute Gloucestershire Old Spot piglets playing around outside.

5. Longleat Safari Park

Longleat Safari Park is home to a brilliant array of animals, including the exciting recent addition of playful meerkat pups, which can be found digging and exploring down at Jungle Kingdom. Also on hand to greet visitors is a beautiful zebra foal, a bundle of love which arrived at the park rather fittingly on Valentine’s Day.

6. Cattle Country Adventure Park

Among the host of animal encounters available at Berkeley-based Cattle Country, there’s the chance to bottle feed its baby lambs and fawn over fluffy chicks during April. And with a group of pregnant guinea pigs, the park will be welcoming even more new babies to melt visitors’ hearts very soon.

7. The International Centre for Birds of Prey

There have been lots of new additions to the Newent-based attraction, with breeding season already in full swing; endearing baby Brahminy kites, owl chicks, and eagles are among the most recent hatchings on display for bird-lovers to go wild over.

8. Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park

Bristol’s wildlife park is a haven for the younger generation to fawn over cute and loveable animals, including rabbits, chinchillas, wallabies, and more; and just in time for spring, there have been new arrivals to the park which guests can meet and play with at the Animal Barn.

9. Dick Whittington Farm Park

Gloucestershire family attraction, the Dick Whittington farm park not only offers children a play barn to explore and a karting course to test their racing skills, but also the chance to fuss over a host of baby farm animals, including lambs, giddy goats, ducklings and chicks.

10. Cotswold Alpacas

If baby farm animals aren’t exciting enough for you, then head to Cotswold Alpacas, 12 acres of greenery in the heart of the Cotswolds, where you can meet the delightful Sadie, the newest alpaca on the block, who joined the breed of Huacaya alpacas one week ago, just in time for Easter. And with another four alpacas due, it looks like April will not only be a busy month for the Cotswold Alpacas, but an ideal time to visit.

11. St Augustines Farm

St Augustines organic working farm in Arlingham draws in families from far and wide with its baby chicks, lambs and fluffy bunnies, which guests can meet, greet, and get friendly with.

By Kathryn Godfrey

Which baby animals would you like to see this spring? Would you love to cuddle a fluffy duckling, bottle feed a lamb, or take a walk on the wild side with baby rhino, Ian? Have your say by leaving a comment.

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