Photos: Hamilton Zoo welcomes newborn zebra

Female foal makes mum Mirabai proud

JENNA LYNCH
Last updated 13:40 04/12/2013

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The pitter-patter of tiny hooves is echoing through Hamilton Zoo again, with staff welcoming a newborn zebra.

The female foal was delivered by 11-year-old Mirabai late on Sunday night, and her arrival makes the proud mum a mother to four.

The little foal has been settling in well.

"She's got good co-ordination and she's following mum around," mammal team leader Catherine Nichols said. "She's just been drinking, sleeping and exploring."

And it sounds like the unnamed three-day-old has been busy.

Zoo curator Samantha Kudaweh said she had been sniffing around and meeting a few of her new neighbours too.

"Zebra foals are born ready to go - today has already seen the foal make the acquaintance of the zoo's giraffe herd, ostrich, waterbuck and blackbuck - plus the neighbouring new bison calf."

It was just under a year ago that the zoo welcomed their last foal, and another mum in the herd looks to be expecting too.

This foal's arrival boosts Hamilton Zoo's zebra herd to six, and Mrs Nichols said she hoped the new baby would one day contribute to the herd too.

"It's fabulous that it's a filly because she'll probably stay here and get breeding opportunities herself."

The zebra isn't the only new arrival at the zoo.

On October 22, a North American bison was born and is now the focus of a competition being run by the zoo to name him.

A nine-year-old Sumatran tiger named Oz from Auckland Zoo has replaced Jaka, who filled Oz's spot in Auckland.

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