BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo welcomes newborn baby zebra

RAW: Baby zebra born at BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo

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Officials with the BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo announced Monday the birth of a new baby zebra.

The zebra, whose gender is still unknown, was born at the zoo on Friday, May 13. Officials said the foal is now on exhibit with its mother and is the first zebra born at the zoo since 2012.

"It's great to have a new zebra baby again since it's been several years since we had a successful breeding pair," said Sam Winslow, the zoo's general curator. "The new baby seems to be doing quite well and is nursing regularly."

Zoo officials said zebras experience a gestation period of about a year. Once the foal is born, it stands almost immediately and is capable of eating grass within a week.

WAFB was at the zoo when the zebra was born and was able to get video of the baby zebra's first steps.

According to zoo officials, zebras typically live in small family groups consisting of a male, several females and their young. Even when joining other groups, the family members will remain close to each other.

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