Spring arrivals at Sheffield’s Tropical Butterfly House

New arrivals: Animal presenter Heather Scott, left, and keeper Laura Martin, with young goats at the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre, North Anston.
New arrivals: Animal presenter Heather Scott, left, and keeper Laura Martin, with young goats at the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre, North Anston.
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MUM’S the word at the Tropical Butterfly House in North Anston - where an abundance of new arrivals has shown up just in time for Spring.

The South Yorkshire attraction is home to a whole host of new little cuties this month - including baby goats, tiny monkeys and petite porcupines.

“We’ve been having lovely few weeks here with about a dozen new additions to the family,” said Heather Scott, who has been an animal presenter at the centre on Woodsetts Road for three years.

“It all started when our male goat managed to fight his way in with the female goat a bit earlier than he was supposed to! He was rather eager and that resulted in four adorable kid goats.

“Our pygmy marmoset couple, mum Gizmo and dad Blaize, have also just given birth to their baby Pickles, who is now about four inches long - he’s amazing.

“Our baby meerkat has been incredibly popular too, as have Mrs Milligan and Kerplunk, our two sister porcupines, who recently moved into the Meerkat Mansion. They already dwarf their new companions!”

Heather explained that although staff at the centre are there to help if needed, they’re largely hands off at this point, as babies bond with their mums and adjust to their new surroundings.

“The parents are doing the hard work, so we’re just keeping an eye out and providing support when needed,” she said.

“With the goats, we may step in and help the mum out by bottle-feeding if she’s struggling, but she seems to be managing her new brood really well.”

Andrew Reeve, zoo curator and manager, said: “Having so many baby animals arriving so early in the year has come as a wonderful surprise.

“Our keepers are keeping a close watch on all the animals with youngsters, as well as those expecting, and visitors will be treated to an array of young animals.”