Highland calf born for first time in five years at zoo

Highland calf Bonnie was born at the zoo.

Highland calf Bonnie was born at the zoo. - Credit: Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

A Highland calf has been born at a Wraxall zoo for the first time in five years.

One week old Bonnie, born on September 9, joins mum three-year-old Agnes and 12-year-old Dorothy at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm.

Bonnie at one day old with mum Agnes.

Bonnie at one day old with mum Agnes. - Credit: Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Keeper Eleanor Steeds said: “Highland calves are the cutest thing, and we were so happy to see Bonnie. She’s already very confident and inquisitive.

“This is the first birth for Agnes, so she needed a little help at first, but she is already proving to be a great mum.

"For now, Bonnie will continue to stay with her mum, and we’ll be keeping a close eye on how she gets on.” 

Highland calf Bonnie was born at the zoo.

Highland calf Bonnie was born at the zoo. - Credit: Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Bearing a distinctive black fluffy coat, she is already a favourite at the zoo.

Bonnie, a name of Scottish origin, means beautiful and she lives up to the name. Calves are usually fully grown aged two, with their horns coming through within the first year.

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Agnes and Bonnie.

Agnes and Bonnie. - Credit: Noah's Ark Zoo Farm


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