The Budapest Zoo welcomed a rare baby Bactrian camel last week on April 9. The young male, named Ilias, made his first public appearance yesterday, having spent the last week bonding with his mother, an eight-year-old, named Iris.
According to the zookeepers
, Iris had a little trouble caring for her newborn at first as this was her first baby and she seemed a little confused about what to do. I know a lot of new moms (and dads) out there can relate to that one!
Zoo spokesperson Zoltan Hanga told the Agence France-Press
(AFP) that Iris seemed particularly confused when it cam to breastfeeding.
When he was born there were problems, the baby was looking for milk from the mother, but as this was her first baby she had no experience," Hanga said, "Us zookeepers had to hold down the mother and gently help the baby to feed."
From this pic of Ilias and his momma, tweeted by AFP, it looks like the bonding is going well.
Bactrian or Camelus bactrianus ferus species are considered an endangered species. Most Bactrian camels today are found in zoos. A small group of around 800 to 900 live in the Gobi desert in Mongolia and China, but this population - according to experts - is close to extinction.
A baby Bactrian camel was born at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanic Garden in 2012. This video captured the birth and first moments of that rare newborn.
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