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7:00 AM 14th February 2021
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Giraffes Share A Chilly Valentine's Day Smooch

Giraffe kiss - photo Emily Westgarth
Giraffe kiss - photo Emily Westgarth
Love is never a tall order for giraffes Jengo and Palle who enjoyed a chilly Valentine’s Day smooch at the award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

The lofty lovebirds gave the ultimate demonstration of ‘necking’ as they roamed the Into Africa reserve at the 150-acre park on Sunday.

Giant otters - two together, love and cuddles
Giant otters - two together, love and cuddles
The romantic mood was shared by otters Alexandra and Orimar who kept each other warm while capybara couple snuggled up for a special moment. Closely related to guinea pigs, capybaras are social and loving animals who live in close-knit groups and care for each other.

Capybara kiss - photo Emma Sutton
Capybara kiss - photo Emma Sutton
The park, at Branton, near Doncaster, is temporarily closed but the animals have still been enjoying the freedom to explore their reserves and forge new friendships. The lively ring-tailed lemurs also showed their tender side on Valentine’s Day.

Love heart lemurs - photo Steve Eccles
Love heart lemurs - photo Steve Eccles
“It’s amazing to see the all the animals so loved up. They enjoy each other company a lot, especially now as we are temporarily closed due to Covid-19. They miss our visitors,” said Debbie Porter, animal manager at the park.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park offers a unique walk-through experience, allowing visitors the chance to get almost face to face with some of the world’s most beautiful and rare animals.