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Baby camel has bumpy start in life

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 01:30

May 13 - Zookeepers at Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City take care of a newborn one-hump camel who was rejected by its mother at birth. Elly Park reports.

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Mexico City's Chapultepec Zoo is celebrating the birth of its first baby dromedary in nine years. While in excellent health, the male calf had a bumpy start in life as he was rejected by his mother Sahara, says zoo director Juan Arturo Rivera. SOUNDBITE: Juan Arturo Rivera, Director of Mexico City's Zoo, saying (Spanish) "We had to make a few arrangements with the offspring because this is a first time mother and there was a bit of aggression towards the baby. We had to separate the young one from the mother because she (mother) was very nervous and begin to artificially feed the offspring." The unnamed one-humped camel weighed some 24 kilos or 52 pounds at birth on April 5. In less than two weeks he almost doubled his weight, and the zoo is already making future plans. SOUNDBITE: Juan Arturo Rivera, Director of Mexico City's Zoo, saying (Spanish) "We'll have to work on re-integrating the family and once that happens, the offspring will surely be with us for a couple of years until we determine what would be the best thing for the baby." But the first order of the day is getting him a proper name for which the zoo is asking help on the Internet. Web visitors may choose from Ali, which means "very high" or "noble" in Arabic, Hadi, which means "guide down good path," also in Arabic or Sul-Ik, which means "soft breeze" in Mayan.

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Baby camel has bumpy start in life

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 01:30