Apr 16 2014, 10:05am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
A very rare event took place at Budapest Zoo on Tuesday. A baby Bactrian camel named Ilias was born to its mother of eight years named Iris. The little baby had been sired by a foreign male camel from somewhere else.
The mother camel has a long pedigree that extends up to many generations at the zoo premises. Not only rare baby camel Iliad's mother, Iris was born in Budapest but also her great father, Yusuf, and even a great-grandmother, Johanna.
According to Budapest Zoo , "No less notable is üknagymama either, since at that time included the Crescent novel was made of stars, colorful Hungarian film shown in cinemas in 1968. As for the father's branch, the little Iliad his father Khalifa, the Miskolc Zoo and Culture Park tevecsődörje, who are descendants of camels across the country holding zoos."
Budapest zoo is now closed due to financial reasons. The former amusement park zoo is going to change its name. Hence, the zoo authorities plan to reopen the zoo in late April with new Holnemvolt Park. And Iliad has now become the first pet that was born in Holnemvolt Park.
When the public got just a sight of the small wonder, they felt such emotional love and protective warmth from the depths of their hearts for this scarce species. The baby camel got to know its mother and vice versa. There were certain difficulties at first.
The mother camel didn’t know how to suckle its young one which desired milk. This was because she had had no experience in these matters. She had to be handled by zoo staff to allow the youngster camel to drink from the teats on her underbelly.
The species of Wild Bactrian camel originally belongs to Central Asia. This rare Bactrian camel is facing the scourge of extinction throughout the world. Most of the extant species are domesticated. Wild ones are a rarity indeed. Less than a thousand individual Bactrian camels exist in the cold and harsh Gobi Desert.
This region spans the regional areas of China and Mongolia. The fact that a baby Bactrian camel had made an entry into this world was a positive sign that not all of these two-humped camels were victims of poachers. The camels grow up to be fairly large creatures.
And they are also able to walk and run about a few moments after birth. The zoo owners are proud of this accomplishment. There was a similar Bactrian camel birth in the UK which occurred on Mothers Day thereby invoking the maternal instinct among so many Britons.
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