Banham Zoo is pleased as punch with its rare arrival

A Suffolk Punch foal was born recently at Banham Zoo.Charity the foal is pictured in the paddock she

A Suffolk Punch foal was born recently at Banham Zoo.Charity the foal is pictured in the paddock she shares with her mum Nell. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

This little and rare foal will eventually grow up to be a gentle giant.

A Suffolk Punch foal was born recently at Banham Zoo.Charity the foal is pictured in the paddock she

A Suffolk Punch foal was born recently at Banham Zoo.Charity the foal is pictured in the paddock she shares with her mum Nell. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Meet Bazoo Charity the Suffolk Punch filly foal, who was born at Banham Zoo on June 14.

She is now the 15th foal to be born at the zoo since 1991.

Named in honour of the Zoological Society of East Anglia charitable trust, the foal and her mother Nell are both doing well and visitors can now see the pair at the zoo paddocks.

Martin Goymour, zoo director, said: 'Nell is a special mare to us having been hand-reared. She is prov-ing once again to be a super mum to her very pretty filly foal, and I am sure that zoo visitors will be as delighted as I am with this addition to the rare Suffolk horse breed.'

A Suffolk Punch foal was born recently at Banham Zoo.Charity the foal is pictured in the paddock she

A Suffolk Punch foal was born recently at Banham Zoo.Charity the foal is pictured in the paddock she shares with her mum Nell. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016


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Once a common sight on farms across the region, the Suffolk Punch is now the rarest of our native equine breeds. It is marked as a critical rare breed by the Rare Breed Survival Trust, with less than 300 breeding females registered.

The Suffolk horses from the zoo are used extensively to promote the breed at county shows and events.

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So far this year they have been seen at the Royal Norfolk Show, Lincolnshire Show and Weeting Steam Rally.

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