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It's little wonder this doting mum can't get enough of her newborn - as he's one of the most endangered animals in the world. But like all children, the adorable baby Camel preferred to squirm in embarrassment and duck out of the way of his mother's sloppy kisses. The critically endangered Camel, named Lemmy, was too slow and got a loving smacker right on his hairy head. Little Lemmy is one of the newest Bactrian Camels to be born at Longleat Safari Park, to mum Bhali, 13, and dad Khan, nine. He was born weighing a hefty 65 lbs after a gestation period of 13 months, and is now busy exploring his large enclosure at the park. Now one month old, Lemmy is one of eight Bactrian Camels at the park - and is the first to be born at Longleat in two years.


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Andy Hayton, from Longleat, said: "To see this young healthy calf out in the park with mum and the rest of the group is a real pleasure. "The recent warm weather has been a welcome treat for Lemmy and is vital for his wellbeing." Bactrian camels, known in Latin as Camelus ferus, are native to China and Mongolia. They are listed as critically endangered, with just 600 in China and 350 in Mongolia in 2004 - set to decrease by 80 per cent within the next 50 years. They are rarer than the critically endangered black rhino, of which there are an estimate 3,000 in the wild, and the endangered giant panda, which have up to 2,000 in the wild. Issued by Longleat.