Zoo Days - Monday October 22 - Friday October 26

zoo days (11/18)

This observational documentary series follows the daily drama of life at Britain’s biggest zoo. Chester Zoo is home to 7,000 animals from 400 species, and is visited by more than a million people each year. With so many animals, ranging from ants to elephants, something is born in the zoo almost every day. Vets at Chester’s state-of-the-art animal hospital do not think twice about treating a 22 footlong reticulated python with pneumonia, or helping an Asiatic lion prepare for the birth of her cubs.

The stories featured in the series range from that of the flamingo who patiently sits on her precious egg until the nest is almost washed away by the summer floods, to the potentially dangerous introduction of a male elephant to a female who is unwilling to accept his amorous advances. This week sees the arrival of two extraordinary new additions to the Zoo’s family.

Zoo Days also gets up close and personal with the keepers –who sometimes admit to knowing more about the animals in their care than members of their own family!

In today’s programme, the Zoo celebrates a remarkable event as lioness Asha gives birth, ending a long wait for all the staff. However, head keeper Alan Woodward soon spots that all is not well with the two new cubs.

Tuesday’s show sees the keepers and vets face some tough choices over the future of Asha’s cubs. And is it the end of the road for Rafters the giraffe?

On Wednesday, head keeper Alan Woodward plays mum to the two new lion cubs. And Larry the lemur gives the zoo vets cause for concern.

Thursday’s edition finds senior keeper James Andrewes going behind the scenes of the largest bat cave in Europe –Chester Zoo’s Twilight Zone, which is home to nearly 600 bats.

Rounding off the week is Friday’s programme, which sees some dramatic news about the lion cubs –and Chester Zoo’s baby pandas coming out to play.

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