Published: 09:52, 20 September 2011
Wingham Wildlife Park's Flying Fox Fruit Bat and its new tiger cub arrival clinging to its chest.
A new arrival has come out of the dark at Wingham Wildlife Park.
The park’s Little Red Flying Fox Fruit Bats have a new addition after keepers discovered a baby hiding under the wing of its mother earlier this month.
The fruit bats, commonly found in Australia, have been part of the park’s collection since 2009. The two males and one female are the only ones to be found in zoos outside of Australia and New Zealand.
When keepers came to feed the bats last Monday they noticed the female covering herself up in an unusual manner. After a little bit of patient waiting, she finally stretched out her wings and revealed a little baby clinging to her front.
Keeper Tony Binskin was delighted with the news.
He said: “This has been made all the more special for us because it’s the first baby Little Red Flying Fox to be born in captivity outside of Australia and New Zealand.
"The baby is currently doing very well, holding on to mum and growing at a great rate. We have had it checked over visually by our vet and he seems just as happy as we are.”
Mystery still remains if the new arrival is a boy or girl, meaning naming it is going to have to wait.