Two chimpanzees have been ‘married’ at a zoo in Brazil to encourage them to start a family.

The ‘couple’ wore wedding gowns and even had a wedding cake, Terra Noticias Populares reports.

The party was enjoyed by zoo visitors and children were given little wedding gifts.

A spokesman for the Rio de Janeiro Zoo said: “Those two were flirting outrageously over the fences for four months and we decided to give them a chance.

“The male, Pipo, has been single for 10 years and it’s time for him to give up his bachelor life and give us little chimps. We hope the whole wedding party atmosphere helps them to breed.”

The new couple have been given their own cage and zookeepers expect them to start breeding soon.