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Oxfordshire wildlife park hand-rears first armadillo pups

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Media captionThe baby armadillos are fed by hand at Cotswold Wildlife Park

A keeper at Cotswold Wildlife Park is hand-rearing its first new-born armadillos after they were rejected by their mother.

Twins Amelia and Wallace have been staying in primate keeper Stacey Axeman's flat, where she has been acting as their surrogate mum.

Now they have moved to the Oxfordshire park, but are not yet on display.

The "strong and healthy" pair could join another collection as part of the European Breeding Programme (EEP).

Their parents Linda and Lucas are currently on show at the park near Burford.

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Image caption The "strong and healthy" armadillo pups were rejected by their mother
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Image caption The armadillos are the first to have been successfully bred at the park
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Image caption Primate keeper Stacey Axeman has been hand-rearing the twins

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