ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) — The Abilene Zoo has welcomed a new baby zebra.
According to a news release issued Friday afternoon, zoo personnel discovered the birth of a male zebra foal Wednesday morning.
The foal is the first for his mother Bishara, who was previously the most recent zebra born at the Abilene Zoo, the release states.
“The spunky newborn was seen trotting around the exhibit with his mother,” Abilene Zoo General Curator Denise Ibarra stated in the news release.
The zoo says in the wild, zebras are a prey species and must be able to eat and run within the first hour in order to keep up with its herd. Staff observed the foal for a few hourse to make sure he was being nursed.
“The neonatal exam on Thursday, September 9, 2021, showed the foal received enough colostrum and antibodies from mom,” Zoo Veterinarian Dr. Stephanie Carle said in the news release.
The foal weighed in at 60 pounds, more than 12 pounds heavier than his mom was when she was born at the Abilene Zoo, in the fall of 2018, according to the news release.
Visitors can see the newest zoo resident on exhibit across from the rhino exhibit.
The full news release reads as follows:
It’s a boy! The Abilene Zoo discovered the birth of a zebra foal on the morning of Wednesday, September 8, 2021. This male foal is a first birth for his mother, Bishara, who was the most recent zebra to be born at The Abilene Zoo.“The spunky newborn was seen trotting around the exhibit with his mother,” stated General Curator, Denise Ibarra. Zebras in the wild are a prey species and must be able to eat and run within that first hour to keep up with its herd. Zoo staff observed this little guy for a few hours to ensure nursing was taking place. “The neonatal exam on Thursday, September 9, 2021, showed the foal received enough colostrum and antibodies from mom,” said Zoo Veterinarian Dr. Stephanie Carle.The neonatal exam included collecting blood, checking his temperature, and disinfecting the umbilical cord. The foal weighed in around 60 pounds, which is more than 12 pounds over what his mom, Bishara, weighed at her birth in the fall of 2018.Visitors can see the foal on exhibit as he acclimates to his new surroundings and bonds with his mother. Zebra, ostrich, and addax can be seen in this area of the zoo right across from the rhino exhibit. Updates will be posted on the Abilene Zoo social media page.