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This week sees the return of the documentary series following daily 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. The zoo has some of the most experienced keepers in the business, working alongside a full-time veterinary team with a fully equipped animal hospital on site.

With so many animals in residence, it comes as no surprise that a new baby is born at the zoo nearly every day. Keepers and their young charges often develop close bonds, as is the case with Rafters, a giraffe who has been hand-reared since birth. It is all in a day’s work for the vets and nurses based at the zoo’s Animal Health Centre –who sometimes admit to knowing more about the animals in their care than members of their own family. The series is narrated by actress Sarah Lancashire.

On Monday, Strolch the South American bear pays a visit to eye surgeon Guy Clare. Can anything be done to save his eyesight? Elsewhere, six newborn lemurs settle into their new home.

In Tuesday’s instalment, baby giraffe Margaret woos the crowd at Chester Zoo as she goes on a family outing. And the renovation of one of the enclosures looks set to be thwarted by some cheeky orang-utans.

Wednesday sees Sheba, the matriarch of Chester Zoo’s elephant family, being kept awake by the younger members of her herd. Can keeper Mick Jones solve her problem?

Love could be in the air on Thursday, as a pair of Indian rhinoceroses meet for the first time. And vets Steve Unwin and James Chatterton give Junior the mandrill a check-up before he moves to his new home in Russia.

In Friday’s episode, head vet Stephanie Sanderson is attacked by a legion of escaped South American leafcutter ants. Also, keeper Niall Ormerod whips up a breakfast treat for 30 hungry chimpanzees.

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