‘Unexpected’ new baby camel is born at Banham Zoo

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Zookeepers at Banham Zoo were unexpectedly called into action last month when one of their camels gave birth for the first time.

Lucy, one of the zoo’s three domestic Bactrian, went into labour and, by the time keepers arrived, the calf from only minutes from being born.

But like most wild animals she would not have appreciated any extra attention from her keepers, most animals are usually best left to give birth naturally with the minimum of fuss and we would only intervene if absolutely necessary, many animals give birth overnight or in the early hours of the morning when there is least chance of disturbance

Animal Manager, Mike Woolham said: “Our new camel is a very welcome if slightly unexpected new arrival. Our keepers had not witnessed any breeding behaviour from our male so we were not at all certain that she was pregnant.

“To say we were a little surprised by our latest addition isn’t too far off the mark.

“But like most wild animals she would not have appreciated any extra attention from her keepers, most animals are usually best left to give birth naturally with the minimum of fuss and we would only intervene if absolutely necessary, many animals give

birth overnight or in the early hours of the morning when there is least chance of disturbance.”

The new addition, a male, is yet to be named.