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Zebra foal shows off its tiny stripes! At Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

PUBLISHED: 17:51 29 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:33 20 February 2013

Zebra foal shows off its tiny stripes! At Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Zebra foal shows off its tiny stripes! At Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Keepers were surprised when one of the oldest Zebras in the group fell pregnant. The as yet unnamed foal was born on 5th June to twelve year old first-time mother Sarah. As one of the lowest ranking females in the group,

Keepers were surprised when one of the oldest Zebras in the group fell pregnant. The as yet unnamed foal was born on 5th June to twelve year old first-time mother Sarah. As one of the lowest ranking females in the group, Sarah hadnt previously shown any signs of interest in mating with Dampy, the foals father, so it was to some surprise when she became pregnant.Usually dominant females within the group give birth, so the foal is an unexpected delightful addition to the herd.
The new foal shares its large paddock not only with its family of Chapmans Zebras (Equus burchellii chapmanni) but with three White Rhinos. Both fascinating species have been at the Park for over thirty years (early archive photograph pictured right) and this latest arrival marks the Parks forty- fifth Zebra birth.
Curator of Cotswold Wildlife Park, Jamie Craig, said: We are always delighted with any birth at the Park, but to arrive at work to the sight of a new born foal gambolling around the Zebra and Rhino paddock was especially satisfying. Watching the youngster settling in with the herd and familiarising itself with the Rhino under the watchful eye of its mother, was a real treat for the visitors on the day. We look forward to watching it develop, hopefully with slightly more African weather!



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