In the second episode of The Secret Life of the Zoo, airing on Tuesday 7 March at 9.00pm, young giraffe mum Tula gives birth, while both the penguin chicks and a silvery gibbon baby must face their fears. Rothschild giraffe Tula is a week overdue after a 13-month pregnancy. But keepers are anxious that history could repeat itself – she gave birth to a stillborn calf last year.
Meanwhile this year’s brood of penguin chicks are about to face the ordeal of joining the main pool, where they must compete for fish with the adult penguins. Before joining the big pool, keepers have to teach the group a vital life skill – catching fish. But there is one member of the class, Squares, who just isn’t mastering the basics. Baby silvery gibbon Eko is also having to learn fast. After clinging on to mum Tilu for the first six months of his life, Eko is learning how to branch out and swing between ropes for himself – 50 feet up. All the keepers can do is watch anxiously from below.
Komodo dragon Mezcal, one of the most awe-inspiring animals in Chester Zoo, must also face her fears of the visiting public. She is wary of leaving her house, so keepers try to tempt her out with a chicken dinner. Finally giraffe mum Tula gives birth – to a healthy male calf, Murchison. But will her mothering instincts kick in so that the calf can feed?
Series Editor: Martin Fuller
Series Producer: Martin Hicks
Executive Producers: Alistair Pegg, Edmund Coulthard
Production Company: Blast! Films