A wave of new births at Hellabrunn Zoo
Hellabrunn Zoo is celebrating a wave of cute new arrivals that have generated plenty of excitement among children and adults alike.
The emu chicks tease their father by plucking at his feathers. Among the agile wallabies, a brave little one hops out of its mother's pouch, and in the Zebra enclosure there is now a cute foal romping happily around. In fact, wherever you look there are many baby animals to discover at Hellabrunn Zoo.
The emus, which belong to the flightless ratite group of birds, are special in that the mother is not involved in the incubation and rearing of their young. Instead the male takes care of the chicks. Fortunately, the five little ones are easy to look after. Since hatching from their eggs in early May, the fledglings have been eating independently. The emu chicks are quite active and always try to drag their father to join them at play. Emu chicks have distinctive brown and cream stripes and quite fluffy plumage.
In May, the zoo also witnessed little Quilian, a baby agile wallaby, leave his mother's protective pouch. He can now be seen interacting with his older counterparts. At birth, the newborn kangaroo climbs into its mother's warm, cosy pouch and spends the next few months there.
Among the dama gazelles there were four new arrivals, all in the short period between April and May: three males and one female. Shortly after birth, the fawns lie in a kind of nest protected by bushes. In the meantime, they are now old enough to venture into the meadow. The four young dama gazelles are always together and always play happily with each other. Their names are Quamba, Quamara, Quari and Quara.
In mid-May, two lynxes were also born. The cubs spent four weeks with their mother in the birthing den. Since then, the mother has begun to bring her young out into the open. But sometimes the shy cubs creep back inside. Eventually they will make their first foray into the outdoor enclosure. The two baby lynxes have yet to be named. They will receive this after their first medical check-up by the veterinarian once their gender is determined.
In addition, visitors can see the new births among the zebras, moose and alpine ibex and observe the baby animals taking their first steps.
Zoo director Rasem Baban is delighted with the many new arrivals at Hellabrunn Zoo: "I love when my day begins with such good news. For example, just before breakfast I discovered a zebra foal was born!"