Disney welcomes new Hartmann’s Zebra foal during coronavirus pandemic

Disney parks may be closed, but the circle of life continues

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Take a break from the gloom of everyday news, and treat yourself to pictures and video of an adorable baby zebra.


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Disney's Animal Kingdom welcomed a new Hartmann’s Zebra foal Saturday and we can barely contain our excitement.

The unnamed foal is about 65 pounds and is quite strong.


"She was standing within 30 minutes of birth. Already very active and curious, this little lady is much like her mother and has very long legs," Dr. Mark Penning, Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment at Disney Parks said.

 

The first time mother, Heidi, is showing she’s a natural at parenting, she stays close to her newborn to bond and nurse.


"Bonding is especially important, as a young zebra will imprint on its mother’s scent and memorize the unique markings on its mother’s hind legs to tell her apart from the rest of the herd," Penning said.


For those of us who love pictures but want to see the baby in person, after the pair develops a strong bond, they will be introduced to the Kilimanjaro Safaris savannah.


According to officials, this process will take a few weeks.


Hartmann’s mountain zebras can be found in sub-Saharan Africa. The breed is a vulnerable species due to habitat loss and hunting.


Earlier in the year, the park introduced us to two new baby animals at the park including another Hartmann's Zebra and a newborn Angolan black-and-white colobus monkey.




© 2020 by Thomas Metevia.