Disney's Animal Kingdom welcomes baby zebra while park guests watch

click to enlarge Disney's Animal Kingdom welcomes baby zebra while park guests watch
Photo via Walt Disney World
Guests at Disney's Animal Kingdom are used to watching the comings and goings of wild animals. But this past Monday some lucky visitors riding the Kilimanjaro Safari witnessed one of nature's great events: the birth of a baby zebra.

A skinny-legged Hartmann's mountain zebra foal was born in the Disney savanna on Monday morning. Safari riders watched the birth and the baby's first step as his mom, Heidi, watched over him.

The baby boy's arrival marks the first zebra birth at Animal Kingdom this year. The pair will remain isolated in the coming weeks for some mother-and-son bonding, which is particularly important for young zebras, according to officials at Walt Disney World.

The 65-pound foal was born as part of the Species Survival Program, which seeks to ensure responsible breeding for hundreds of species.

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