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The debut of a rare baby camel

The debut of a rare baby camel
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What better way to present a cute little story about animals? Is to write a story about baby animals. Normally, when something like this comes up it is normally about an endangered species and in this case the endangered animal is a camel. Today, AFP reports that a rare baby camel named Ilias, who was born on April 9 has finally made his debut today at the Budapest Zoo in Hungary.

What type of camel is the little guy? Ilias is part of the rare wild Bactrian camels. These beloved mammals are pretty large and even-toed ungulates native to the steppes of Central Asia. It was reported that the small and endangered group of rare camels are between 800 and 900. These camels are believed according to experts that they are very close to extinction in the wild.

Yahoo News also reports that the baby camel was born to its eight-year-old mother, Iris. The baby camel’s father came from a zoo in Miskolc, a city that is located in northeastern Hungary. Ilias was only presented to the media on Tuesday to give him time to bond with his mother, zookeepers said to the media.

Zoltan Hanga, a spokesperson for the Budapest Zoo told AFP that there have been some minor problems with the baby camel. "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."

Inquisitr also reports that Ilias isn’t the only one of his kind to be introduced to the world as another rare baby camel was born this past March at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster, United Kingdom. The wild baby Bactrian camel born had made her debut on Britain’s Mother’s day, March 30. According to reports, Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s Director Cheryl Williams shared her feelings about the baby camel’s birth.

“We are all delighted at the birth of the camel calf. On Mother’s Day she stayed extremely close to Lottie (the baby camel’s mother) as she finds her way in the outside world. She is already growing fast but is bound to be extremely popular this Easter.”

It’s great to hear that rare species being born without the fear of poachers. All we can do now is hope for the best for these two baby camels and any other rare endangered species being born out in the wild.

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