Our “glorious” surprise baby camel has now been reunited with mum!
A few weeks ago we were surprised by the arrival of a baby Bactrian camel, a boy born to mum Delilah! Didn’t you know she was pregnant we hear you say? Well no actually! Delilah joined us from another zoo thirteen months previously and the gestation period of a camel is 14 months so her previous keepers, nor ours, were aware she was pregnant. Our male camel, James, has been castrated so we didn’t think pregnancy was on the cards and as she’s a young camel we hadn’t though anything of her growth.
A couple of weeks on our keepers were confident Cletus was strong enough to move back outside to be reunited with his mum Delilah and step-dad James and so an emergency zoo build commenced to create a mini-enclosure for him to sit within the camel enclosure. This temporary measure means Cletus can socialise with Delilah and James through the fence and get used to being a camel but crucially means the keepers can continue to bottle feed him as they can’t safely go in with the adult camels.