Joy as baby camel is born in front of visitors at Blackpool Zoo
What do you call a camel with three humps? Pregnant!
Or at least Blackpool Zoo resident Olivia WAS pregnant – until she gave birth to this loveable bundle of fluff.
The youngster has now been called Georgia after being born in front on visitors at around 2pm on Sunday.
She will be raised by her ‘experienced’ mum, as well as her dad Sid, under the watchful eye of keepers at the East Park Drive attraction.
All are said to be doing well, and little Georgia is now set to make her next public appearance in the coming weeks.
Della Belk, PR and marketing manager at the zoo, said: “We are delighted to welcome our latest addition and, as she made her appearance in front of excited visitors on St George’s Day we unanimously agreed her name should be Georgia.
“Mum Olivia is doing a fantastic job of looking after her and we are looking forward to seeing Georgia out and about this summer.”
The youngster, who weighed 36kg when she was born, is a domestic Bactrian camel, a similar breed to the critically endangered wild Bactrian camel.
She will grow up to have two humps on her back with a natural tolerance to cold, drought, and high altitudes.
The animal has served as a pack camel in Asia since ancient times, and a few feral Bactrian camels still roam areas of Kazakhstan and India’s Kashmir Valley.
They live up to 50 years in captivity, and usually have one calf, which will be up to its feet and suckling within a very short space of time.
At the zoo, they are fed a diet of horse and pony mix, fruit, and vegetables.