Belfast Zoo welcomes giant new arrivals

The giant anteater Kara has arrived recently at Belfast Zoo
The giant anteater Kara has arrived recently at Belfast Zoo

Belfast Zoo has welcomed some new residents.

The latest arrivals to the Cave Hill site are Kara, the giant anteater, and two capybara babies.

Kara arrived from Olomouc Zoo in the Czech Republic in February and has been getting to know her new mate, Pancho.

There are only 200 giant anteaters living in zoos around the world so her arrival means Kara and Pancho will be the only breeding pair in Ireland.

Then, on March 1, resident capybaras Charlie and Lola welcomed twins.

Capybaras are the largest rodents in the world.

Zoo manager Mark Challis said: “The capybara babies are settling in well and are now beginning to explore their outdoor enclosure.”