The romantic future of a young giraffe at a Devon zoo has been put on hold after the bluetongue outbreak.
Yoda arrived at the zoo just over a year ago
Yoda, who came to Paignton Zoo after a fire which claimed the lives of three other animals, had been expected to be joined by a mate from the Netherlands.
But that had to be put on hold because of the outbreak of the virus in Europe.
But now the midge-borne disease has arrived in the UK, plans to bring two females from the Czech Republic instead may also have to be delayed.
The zoo is keen to find a mate for Yoda, a Rothschild's giraffe, as part of the European Endangered Species Programme.
The zoo's curator of mammals Neil Bemment: "We are in the hands of Defra [the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs].
"We now have bluetongue in this country, we are monitoring the situation.
"Male giraffes spend a lot of time alone, but at the same time I'm sure Yoda will be pleased to see a female."
New bluetongue control-and-protect zones came into place at midnight following the announcement that there are now 11 cases of the disease.
Yoda, who is nearly three-years-old and over 4m (13.1ft) tall, arrived in Paignton from Givskud Zoo in Denmark just over a year ago after a fire at the Devon zoo in February 2006 killed three giraffes - a six-day-old calf, its mother and its father, who died a few days after the fire.