This Leap Year Day one lucky male received a romantic proposal at Drusillas Park, Alfriston when his special lady flew all the way from Jersey to make a surprise visit.
Polly, the yellow mongoose travelled to the award-winning zoo in East Sussex from Durrell Wildlife on 29 February in order to start a new life with her perfect match. Luckily, bachelor Buriti appeared delighted with the prospect and welcomed his leap year lady with a definite spring in his step.
Zoo Manager, Sue Woodgate commented: ”Buriti has been living on his own since he arrived with us in January from Marwell Wildlife. Since then we have been working hard to find him a suitable mate and along came Polly! We hope he is pleased with our match making skills and the pair will settle down and have a family of their own very soon.”
Yellow mongooses are native to central and southern Africa and are distantly related to hyenas. They are known for their ability to kill snakes and rats which often makes them popular with humans. Mongooses live in family groups of 5 to 10 individuals. They have between two and five babies at a time which are usually born between October and March.
Located just off the A27 in Alfriston, Drusillas Park is open from 10am daily. For more information please telephone 01323 874100 or visit the website www.drusillas.co.uk
Published 29th February 2012
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