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Whipsnade zebra foals find their feet

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo welcomed two endangered Grevy’s zebra foals earlier this month and the pair can now be spotted playfully horsing around in their paddock.

Female foal Katie, born to first-time mum Nafisa on 10 September, was joined nine days later by a male foal, Kito, born to mum Henna.

Since finding their feet, the two youngsters have been racing around their enclosure, much to the amusement of keepers and visitors.

Team Leader Mark Holden said: “Like all zebras, when Katie and Kito were born they just seemed to be all ears and legs.

“It wasn’t long before they were bounding around together, running and jumping around at a huge pace, before eventually running out of steam and returning to their respective mums.

“It’s all typical behaviour for young zebra foals, as they learn what their legs are for, then going back to mum for comfort. Katie and Kito are settling in really well, interacting with the rest of the group of Grevy’s zebras here at the zoo and exploring their surroundings.”

Grevy’s zebras are classified as endangered in the wild and it is estimated that only around 2600 remain. ZSL Whipsnade Zoo have successfully bred Grevy’s zebras for the last 29 years, as part of the European Endangered Species Programme, with Kito becoming the 36th Grevy’s zebra foal born at the zoo.

For more information on visiting young Katie and Kito at Whipsnade Zoo go to www.zsl.org

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