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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:NOVEMBER/DECEMBER


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A HELPING HAND FOR NIKO THE DWARF ZEBU KEEPER NOTES FROM THE WILDLIFE PARK


Niko the Dwarf Zebu


Most of the animals born at the Wildlife Park are strong and healthy. Very occasionally, we get a new-born who just needs a little bit of help. When Niko the Dwarf Zebu calf was born, he was unable to suckle correctly, and his mother’s milk dried up. With help from ‘Andrew the Vet’ from Millcroft Veterinary Group and the dedicated team of Keepers at the Wildlife Park, he has now grown into a strong young calf.


Niko is a Dwarf Zebu, which is the world’s oldest and smallest breed of cow. Dwarf Zebus are regarded as sacred in India. In some countries such as Madagascar, Dwarf Zebu are an important part of farming life, where they are still used in traditional farming methods such as ploughing. Dwarf Zebu also have something quite unique for a breed of cow;


WWW.COCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK Niko meets his Dad


they have a camel-like hump to store fat reserves for when food becomes scarce.


Dwarf Zebu cows have a docile, gentle nature and are great animals to work with. When Niko was born and struggling to feed, the Keepers took turns to bottle feed him through the night and in the early hours of the morning. This also gave the team an opportunity to gain more experience in animal handling and husbandry.


Niko is now strong and healthy and out on the Park in a special undercover enclosure. He is housed next to two of the world’s smallest sheep, our Ouessant sheep, which originate from an island off Brittany in France.


Niko finding his feet!


Niko is a very endearing animal and he appears to enjoy all the attention he is getting from visitors. He will eventually be integrated back into his herd and he has been to meet them on a number of occasions with his Dad giving him a nuzzle and a lick!


So, if you want to see one of the world’s cutest cows, come and meet Niko for a nuzzle before he gets too big!


Richard Robinson, Park Manager and the Team Find out more at www.lakedistrictwildlifepark.com


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