Search

Suffolk Punch foal born at Banham Zoo

11:39 22 May 2012

Suffolk Punch colt foal at Banham Zoo born on Thursday, May 17.

Suffolk Punch colt foal at Banham Zoo born on Thursday, May 17.

Archant

Keepers at Banham Zoo are celebrating their first Suffolk Punch birth of the year.

The rare-breed foal, named ‘Bazoo York’ was born on May 17 to seven-year-old ‘Bazoo Roxanne’, who was also born at the zoo.

Each year just 40 to 50 Suffolk Punch foals are born, and the new arrival at Banham is the 12th to be born this year and believed to be the first registered in Norfolk in 2012.

A spokesman for the zoo that this is Roxanne’s second foal and both mother and foal are doing well and will go on show to visitors at the zoo from the middle of June.

The Suffolk Punch horse is the oldest breed of heavy horse in Great Britain. The breed dates at least into the 16th century and all trace their male lines back to one stallion.

The Suffolk heavy horse once numbered in their thousands, and was a common sight on farms throughout East Anglia, but now there are currently just 480 pure bred Suffolks registered with the Suffolk Horse Society which manages the stud book for the breed.

1 comment

Other news

Yesterday, 17:57

A pilot to help patients who have suffered a fall in Norfolk has been launched.

Yesterday, 11:28

Two families are thousands of pounds out of pocket after their builder failed to finish their projects, leaving one family living in a caravan in a muddy field for eight months with their three children.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

He is a rock legend who played in an influential band and who also has fully immersed himself in community life in the Diss area.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

A family has been left devastated after two of its dogs went missing.

Most Read

Yesterday, 11:28

Two families are thousands of pounds out of pocket after their builder failed to finish their projects, leaving one family living in a caravan in a muddy field for eight months with their three children.

Read more
Sunday, January 15, 2017

He is a rock legend who played in an influential band and who also has fully immersed himself in community life in the Diss area.

Read more
United Kingdom
Friday, January 13, 2017

A family is offering a £500 reward for the safe return of their dog who went missing during a walk in Attleborough on Tuesday.

Read more
Attleborough
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Murphy the Shar-Pei - who staff at the Dogs Trust rehoming centre in Snetterton believed looked like the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz - has found the yellow brick road to a loving home.

Read more
Friday, May 20, 2016

In 1943 Albert Freitas was part of the early Flying Fortress crews to arrive from the US at Thorpe Abbotts Airfield, near Diss.

Read more
United States

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 4°C

min temp: -2°C

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up