Visitors to Knowsley Safari will now be able to hear the pitter patter of tiny webbed feet after keepers introduced their first ever capybara pups.
The pups, named Smudge and Sprout, arrived just five weeks ago and have been staying close to first-time parents Mrs Brown and Benny as they explore the park’s Equatorial Trail.
Native to South America, the Capybara is a semi-aquatic animal classified as the largest rodent in the world. Weighing in at up to 150 pounds and growing up to four-and-a-half feet long, they are excellent swimmers, and can remain completely submerged for up to five minutes.
Keeper Craig Scott said: “Mrs Brown and Benny arrived at Knowsley Safari in summer 2013 and it wasn’t long before love blossomed between the pair.
“Mum and babies are doing well, and settling into family life.
“Visitors will be able to take a ride on the Equatorial Express and keep a sharp eye out for the pups as they learn to swim in Mizzy Lake and explore the four-acre Equatorial Trail.”
Young visitors were also thrilled by a surprise visit by Channel 5’s Milkshake Monkey and presenter Olivia Birchenough.
The two stars of the children’s breakfast show were out and about at the park meeting young fans and families ahead of the Milkshake! Party Live Show at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park this Friday (February 20).
Olivia and Milkshake Monkey had a truly wild experience as they toured around Knowsley Safari, coming face-to-face with majestic elephants, curious meerkats, elegant giraffes and Milkshake Monkey’s favourites – the baboons!
Children had the chance to have their photo taken with Milkshake Monkey and Olivia, and find out more about what to expect from the live show.
The Milkshake! Live Party show will see Milkshake Monkey take to the stage with Olivia and fellow presenter, Derek, as well as a whole host of favourite children’s television characters, for an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza.
Tickets are priced £12 for adults and £10 for children, while family tickets (two children and two adults) are priced £40.
Bookings can be made in person at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park, or by calling 0151 443 2575/2200. Alternatively, you can book online at: www.ticketquarter.co.uk/online/milkshake