Baby Animals 2017
On February 7 2017, two billy Domestic Goats were born in our Zoo. Mother´s name is Kristína, the young goats´ names are Henry and Jack. Kristína is taking good care of her offspring, nursing them with milk and watching after them. The billies spend most of the days playing in the outdoor enclosure. You can see the goat family in the Farm Yard.
On February 11 2017, two Domestic Goat offspring, male and female, were born in our Zoo. Mother´s name is Rozárka. Female billy was named Ruby and male Bae. This domestic goat is a rewarding breed to keep on farms for kids because they are small in size. They are very agile, enjoying jumping on stumps and rocks. Their hooves are well adapted to it, they do not slip on rocks. Their eye irises are set horizontally, eyes are placed on the side of their heads. It is an adaptation for life as a prey, it helps them to watch their surroundings at all times, because of wide view angle.
On February 17 2017, a Buff-cheeked Gibbon was born in our Zoo. It is the fifth offspring of this species born in our Zoo. The sex of the newborn is not yet known. Mother´s name is Bany (born October 21 2006 in Olomouc Zoo), she was transported to Bratislava Zoo in April 2013 from the Spanish Fuengirola Zoo. Father´s name is Oliver (born May 24 2001 in Bratislava Zoo). It is the second offspring for this breeding pair, their first one was born July 30 2014 and lives with its parents and new sibling in the same enclosure.
Bany managed the birth brilliantly and has been caring well for her second baby by cleaning, nursing, and keeping it warm.
On February 26 2017, two more billies of Domestic Goat were born in our Zoo, a male and female. Mother´s name is Amálka. You can see the young goats in the Domestic Goat enclosure.
On March 3 2017, a Llama male was born in our Zoo. Mother's name is Nieves, father´s Bodgyo. The mother is taking good care of her offspring, patiently nursing him when he needs to drink, and guarding him by staying in his close proximity. Only one hour after being born, the young male got up on his legs and began to drink mother´s milk. He will start tasting solid foods (grains, vegetables, hay) in about three months of age but he will mainly still feed on his mother´s milk. Interestingly, Llama mothers do not lick their young after giving birth. This is because foetal membranes rupture by themselves, unlike in other mammal species, therefore mother's help is not needed. In addition to the parents of the offspring, there is another female Alegra in the Llama group.
This kind of llama is in North America and the UK used for guarding herds of farm animals (sheep, cattle) from predators such as coyotes, wild dogs and foxes. It is usually used one neutered male. Whereas the llama herd animals, male individuals of the guarded bound species, and therefore preserves (if there were more llamas, would bind to each other).
On March 20, male and female Domestic Pygmy Goats were born in our Zoo. Their mother´s name is Fľaša. On March 21, another pair, also male and female, were born, mother´s name is Juniorka. Father of both sets of offspring is Kubo.
On March 28 additional another three Domestic Pygmy Goats.
This African breed is very resistant and easy kept. In the dry conditions of Africa it developed a stomach that can very well digest poor quality grasses. Therefore, it is important that this breed in kept in conditions to which it is adapted in their natural conditions. For some species, less is more - if we want them to enjoy "good" food, we can hurt them because the digestive system is unable to process such foods.
On April 1 and 13, two Ring-tailed Lemur offspring were born in our Zoo. Mother of the first one is Ala, mother of the other young Lemur is Kasijy. The proud father is our male Riško.
Traditionally, Lemur offspring in our Zoo are born roughly at the same time, which is great, especially for the young ones: they have friends to play and explore the enclosure with. That is why in the Lemur enclosure there is always something going on and something to look at :)
Lemur group commands the most experienced female, which in our Zoo is Kasijy, while males are staying on the edge of the group. Accordingly, this way you can recognize our Riško.
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