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Baby deer born in Cornwall is one of the rarest in the world!

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Published by Emma Carton at 8:28am 21st February 2019. (Updated at 3:13pm 21st February 2019)

The Philippine spotted deer is one of the rarest deer species in the world and one has been born in Cornwall!

Newquay Zoo has welcomed the new arrival, the first of this species to be born anywhere in the UK this year.

It is classified as endangered and it is thought that fewer than 2,500 are left in the wild, due to illegal hunting and deforestation.

The Philippine spotted deer, also known as Prince Alfred's deer or Visayan spotted deer, was born on January 10th.

Newquay Zoo is also home to mum Sookie, dad Alfie and sibling Trevor, who was born in January 2017.

"With the Philippine spotted deer being one of the most globally threatened deer species, each birth is extremely important for the conservation of the species.

"Mother and baby are doing very well, both are strong and healthy. We look forward to seeing this little one grow up and hopefully have little ones of her own".

Keeper Tracey Twomey

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