Chester Zoo is set to reopen its doors next month and there are plenty of cute baby animals to see.
After a challenging year for Chester Zoo, the news from Boris Johnson last week that means outdoor attractions such as zoos and theme parks can reopen from April 12th was welcomed.
And over the course of lockdown, there has been a baby boom in the zoo too!
There’s everything to see from tree frogs to penguin chicks and rare baby lemurs.
Of some of the smallest to see are 12cm long baby Mongoose triplets that were born back in May last year.
Even smaller, a pair of Eastern Pygmy Marmosets were born in December measuring just two inches long at the time.
The babies are part of the most miniature primate species on Earth and are normally found in the rainforests of western Brazil, south-eastern Colombia, eastern Ecuador and eastern Peru.
Some of the largest species at the zoo saw new additions, like the birth of a rare baby rhino. The birth of the Eastern Black Rhino was celebrated globally as fewer than 1,000 remain on the planet.
You’ll also find baby penguins born at the start of lockdown last year, plus baby Great Green Macaw Parrot chicks that hatched back in April 2020.
These colourful birds live in the lowland forests of Central and South America with a global population estimated at fewer than 2,500.
In March last year, twin ring-tailed lemurs were born to parents Fiona and Dog.
Rare Mexican frogs were born at Chester Zoo in September – the first of their kind born in a European zoo.
As part of a successful breeding programme, 100 Mexican Leaf Frogs hatched at the zoo after keepers recreated the scorching conditions of their natural environment.
A critically endangered Western chimpanzee was born by 43-year-old Mandy in August at Chester Zoo. Normally found in West Africa, there are as few as 18,000 Western chimpanzees remaining in the wild.
It’s also the first subspecies of chimpanzee to be added to the list of critically endangered apes, making this birth vital to the future of the subspecies.
A critically endangered Bornean orangutan was born in October, a surprise to keepers as mum Leia had a negative pregnancy test just a few months prior.
Estimates suggest fewer than 55,000 Bornean orangutans remain on the island of Borneo in Indonesia, the only place you can find them in the wild.
Earlier last month, Chester Zoo bosses revealed that the zoo is losing £1.7m a month, totalling to £11.5m in losses if the zoo can reopen on April 12th.
Morrisons shoppers upset over ‘intimidating’ Union Jack packaging in the supermarket
Morrisons use of the Union Jack flag on British products has kicked off a debate online.
It was sparked when a shopper posted a picture of the Union Jack branding on the supermarket’s eggs and butter.
Pictures of the products were posted to Twitter, with the customer writing: “Just back from a trip to Morrisons. Is it just me, or have their butter and eggs always been this… patriotic?”
The post sparked a debate and divided opinion in the comments, with some saying they will boycott the items while others argued it was just marking them as being British products.
Someone replied to the tweet to say: “Very upset by porridge I saw in Morrisons. This flagging everything is very unpleasant and quite intimidating.”
A second added: “Retaliate. I’m no longer buying anything packaged as such. Hurt them through their bank accounts.”
While another replied: “Won’t be buying eggs from Morrisons.”
Some people were confused as to why people were so offended by the Union flag being on British products.
One person said: “I can’t believe you all get triggered over the fact it’s showing we have British products in our stores. You should be proud that it’s cut down on air miles and transport costs and in turn is helpful for the environment. No, you’d rather moan about the national flag.”
A second asked: “They also have the French flag on Brie and Camembert cheeses and the Italian flag on a number of meats. Should we remove them as well? Or is it just because it is the British flag?”
Handbag thief faceplants into ‘one way’ sign after stealing £760 Moschino bag in the city centre
That’s gotta hurt…
A man trying to make a swift getaway from police ended up getting more than he bargained for.
The suspect ended up with a sore head after smashing into a ‘one way’ sign after his concentration slipped.
The 33-year-old male was attempting to give Greater Manchester Police the slip after stealing a £760 Moschino bag in the city centre.
While he was making off from officers he looked behind him and ended up faceplanting straight into the sign.
He was subsequently arrested and taken into custody to recover from a ‘sore head’.
GMP took to Twitter and Facebook yesterday to share the news, saying that ‘all signs suggest he’ll make a full recovery’.
GMP City Centre wrote: “One way to custody… A 33yr old male stole a £760 Moschino hand bag. Whilst making off from officers, he looked behind him & then faceplanted straight into a One Way road sign.
“Male now in custody recovering from a sore head, all signs suggest he’ll make a full recovery!”
Police at the Arndale as huge queues form on first day of non-essential shops reopening
Are you heading out to the shops today?
Today, Monday April 12th, sees stage two of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown come into effect.
As part of this second stage, pubs, bars and restaurants can reopen for outdoor drinking and dining, while places like gyms, salons and hairdressers can also welcome people back.
Non-essential retail can also throw open its doors once again, meaning shops in places like the city centre, Arndale and Trafford Centre can reopen from today.
Huge queues have been forming as people are keen to return to shops after lockdown, with large gatherings of people spotted at the Arndale.
Photos and videos have been posted to social media showing people trying to get in the shopping centre from Market Street, with the Arndale opening at 8am today.
Sean Hansford posted a video to Twitter showing a large group being dispersed from the entrance to the Arndale, with very little social distancing happening.
A security guard asks them to move away and to social distance, but the group initially just congregates nearby.
Later videos show a more orderly queue going down Market Street after Covid marshals managed to organise shoppers, with police also spotted assisting with the queues.
Large queues were also spotted at Primark over at the Trafford Centre, as the popular budget retailer reopened its doors.
Will you be heading out shopping today, or are you waiting until things calm down a bit?