Monarto Zoo’s newborn baby zebra euthanised :(
Monarto zoo's adorable one-day-old zebra has had to be put down.
The Advertiser has reported that the foal had to be humanely euthanised on Friday after zoo keepers “noticed it was struggling” and vets found an injury “that was drastically affecting the foal’s quality of life”.
We were about to give you the good news of its arrival and show you these adorable photos and video (above) when the bad news came through on friday afternoon.
Zoos SA had said excited keepers had discovered the little one first thing on Thursday morning.
The young foal, who had not yet been named or had its sex determined, was born to seven-year-old Gina, making her a first-time mother.
Video (above) showed the zebra taking its first wobbly steps and feeding in its first 24hrs.
Prior to its unexpected death, Monarto Zoo Senior Ungulate Keeper Mark Mills said the arrival of the baby would be a welcomed treat for the keeping team and visitors alike.
"It's always exciting for us to welcome a newborn baby, and this adorable little zebra is no exception," Mark said.
"As a new mum, Gina seems to be doing very well and we'll continue to let them bond as we watch from afar.
"The little one is sticking pretty close to Gina so far, but we think visitors should be able to catch a glimpse of them on the Zu-loop bus."
The last zebra to be born at Monarto Zoo was in October last year when 7-year-old Kali giving birth to baby boy Intengo.
It would still be a great time to visit Monarto Zoo over the long weekend. The youngest addition there is the baby chump born to first-time mum Hannah, while Imani the Southern White Rhino calf continues to melt hearts at just four-months old.