BABY animals that would usually be soaking up the sunshine in their native Africa have been frolicking in the snow at a zoo near Pickering, North Yorkshire.

Velvet the zebra and Brad the giraffe braved the elements at Flamingo Land Zoo just two weeks after being born – but while Velvet took to his snowy enclosure with delight, Brad preferred to stay wrapped up with a red scarf tied around his neck.

Zoo manager Ross Snipp said: “We called the zebra Velvet because his dad’s called Guinness and we named Brad after Bradford City because of their historic league cup run.

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“It’s not the best time of year to be born but we can’t always help these kind of things.”