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21.05.15

Spring, sun and baby boom at Hellabrunn Zoo

Spring time = birth time at Hellabrunn Zoo: A new baby animal is born almost every day at the Munich zoo. And within no time the little ones begin to explore their enclosure - much to the delight of visitors.

Copyright: Hellabrunn/Annette Wagner

Copyright: Hellabrunn/Annette Wagner

Copyright: Hellabrunn/Annette Wagner

Copyright: Hellabrunn/Eva Korb

Copyright: Hellabrunn/Eva Korb

With erect ears, she licks her little mouth with her tongue and tries to keep her balance: Petra, the cute Banteng calf, is clearly doing everything she can to stay on her feet. Born on 18 April, the somewhat shy banteng calf likes to stay at mama Buffy's side. But she still needs a proper playmate. Papa Raoul is far too big, and Petra has no chance against her much stronger one-year-old sibling. But as the zoo expects the birth of another banteng calf in the near future, Petra will soon have the perfect playmate with whom she can play together in her enclosure.

The two Mhorr gazelle fawns Pany (born on 11.4.) and Pestacia (born on 19.4.) are already quite fit. And fast. In fact, the newborns - originating from North Africa - spend the day on grassy terrain, and like native deer, are as quiet as a mouse. But little Panya finds spending hours in the meadow far too boring. She prefers to discover the exciting world at her mama Viona's side. Pestacia will also soon be ready to join the Mhorr gazelle herd jumping across the meadow, alongside mama Malia. The group of slender gazelles leap like bouncing rubber balls over the grassy terrain, springing up to one metre high.

Zoo director Rasem Baban is delighted with the baby boom at Hellabrunn Zoo: "We also had three pelican chicks born this year. They are now doing great. In order not to disturb the pelicans during the breeding and rearing of their hatchlings, we decided to delay the planned renovation work for the pelican enclosure." And he adds: "In the coming weeks, we expect many species to give birth at Hellabrunn. We are especially pleased that our female rhino Rapti is pregnant. She is expected to have a baby in August."

The pelican chicks hatched on 19.4. Other births include the nyalas (Pula, born on 1.5. and Penelope, born on 15.5.), the Przewalski's horses (foals born on 1.9 and 15.5.), and the sand rats.