Rac­coon dogs, striped skunks and macaws join Fi­ley’s An­i­mal Park

The Scarborough News - - FILEY & HUNMANBY -

Fi­ley Bird Gar­den and An­i­mal Park have wel­comed the last of their new ar­rivals for this year.

Last month two six-mon­thold rac­coon dogs, from the same lit­ter, ar­rived at the park.

A spokesper­son from the Fi­ley Bird Gar­den and An­i­mal Park said: “They are not to be con­fused with rac­coons from North Amer­ica and are a to­tally dif­fer­ent species, orig­i­nat­ing from East Asia. They are a bit shy while set­tling into their new en­clo­sure but they are prov­ing pop­u­lar with the vis­i­tors – with a face like that they cer­tainly have the cute fac­tor!” A com­pe­ti­tion will be run on Face­book to name the two broth­ers.

The new ar­rivals have also joined a pair of striped skunks as well as two blue and gold macaws which ar­rived a few weeks ago. Al­fie and Ch­ester, the two blue and gold macaws, were do­nated from dif­fer­ent homes and are in “fan­tas­tic con­di­tion”.

“In a short amount of time they have started to bond with each other. They are talk­ing to all the vis­i­tors and are sure to be a mas­sive hit!” the park added. The park are also hop­ing to de­velop with more “ex­otic” an­i­mals af­ter be­ing granted a zoo li­cence last year. Pic­tures show owner Fran Ho­lah with one of the skunks; the Ra­coon dogs; and one of the macaws. Pic­tures by Richard Pon­ter. 1845105

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