Leesburg Animal Park Welcomes Baby Zebra
The baby girl was delivered sometime within the early hours of Thursday, April 26. So far, the family is doing just fine.
It’s a girl! The Leesburg Animal Park welcomed a new baby zebra early Thursday morning sometime between 2 and 4 a.m. Conception took place last fall and the pregnancy lasted about ten months.
According to Operations Manager Nicola Alicandro, this is the second time that a baby zebra has been born on the property.
“We’re super excited about it especially because it’s a happy, healthy little girl,” Alicandro said. “You don’t have this everyday so it’s a nice blessing for us.”
The parents, which made the news last November after they escaped from the animal park, have been doing a great job caring for their newest addition. The staff played no role in the delivery process, Alicandro said.
“It’s not a domestic horse,” she said. “While we have staff that goes in there to feed them and clean up we don’t handle them.”
As of 2 p.m. on Friday, the baby zebra was already checking out its environment, running around and basking in the sun.
Alicandro said it’s normal for a baby zebra to be active shortly after it’s been delivered since it’s an African prey animal.
“If they weren’t able to be up and going they just wouldn’t survive in the wild,” Alicandro said. “That still happens when they are in a domestic scenario like this.”