Meet a porcupette: Disney's Animal Kingdom welcomes adorable newborns amid park closures
What’s black and white and cute all over? Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s newest addition: a zebra foal.
The 65-pound girl, who has yet to be named, was born to first-time mom Heidi on March 21. Within her first 30 minutes in the kingdom, the littlest zebra was already standing unassisted on her “very long legs,” according to Disney’s Animal Care team.
Heidi is using her “natural parenting skills” by sticking close to her “very active and curious” baby girl and making sure to imprint, bond and nurse.
Her arrival marks the third zebra birth at Walt Disney World this year. The park, and Disneyland, are currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This striped wonder isn’t the only newborn keeping park staff busy. Disney also announced their new baby prehensile-tailed porcupine.
Born to mom Peri on Feb. 25, the baby girl is known as a porcupette. According to Walt Disney World’s veterinary team, “porcupettes are covered in a fine red fur coat, but they’re also born with their tiny quills underneath, which begin to harden hours after birth. Those quills are actually what helped the team determine the baby’s gender.”
Both unnamed newborns are part of Walt Disney World’s Species Survival Plan (SSP), a program that ensures responsible breeding and genetic diversity of thousands of species of animals, according to the park.
Although Walt Disney parks are temporarily closed, Disney’s Animal Care team continues “to provide top-notch care to thousands of animals.”
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