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German zoo shows off walrus calf

Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - 01:02

Hamburg's Hagenbeck zoo proudly presents ''Germany's first walrus calf'' born two weeks ago. Elly Park reports.

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This wobbly walrus is Hamburg Hagenbeck zoo's latest addition. Already sporting a beard, the two-week-old is the first walrus calf ever born in the zoo's 100-year-old history. What's more it's the first ever born in the entire country, says veterinarian Aliane Prahl. SOUNDBITE: Zoo Veterinarian Aliane Prahl, saying (German) "Well, it is extremely rare to have walrus births are a zoo. For us it is also a first. And it is the first animal in all of Germany and there are only three breeding programs in Europe. Insofar you can imagine that this does not happen too often. It is something very special." Special indeed, the unnamed baby is already a local star and is the fifth to inhabit the walrus enclosure at the zoo. But for now, mom and pup are separated from the others until their bond is sufficiently strengthened. In the meantime the zoo is seeking help from visitors in naming the calf through a competition starting next week.

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German zoo shows off walrus calf

Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - 01:02