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Jul 24, 2008

Aardvark breeding

Aardvark breeding from Colchester Zoo

First successful breeding of an aardvark (Oryceteropus afer) in the UK

Aardvarks are difficult to rear. The male and female were separated two week prior to the birth date.

Round the clock watch was kept on mother and young after the infant was born to ensure that it was feeding well and that the mother did not role on it.

Keepers removed the infant from the mother during her active periods and supplied it with supplementary feeds (milk was obtained by milking the mother).

The infants progress was carefully monitored. At six months the infant weighed 24 kg and was doing well.

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