- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) - A camel has been born at the Detroit Zoo.

Officials with the zoo in Royal Oak said in a news release Wednesday that the yet-to-be-named male Bactrian camel weighed 126 pounds at birth on May 18. The release says “the gangly little calf” now stands about 3 feet tall on “long, slender legs.”

The calf was born to mother Suren and father Rusty, both 6. Mammal curator Elizabeth Arbaugh says Suren is an “experienced mother” and “is keeping a close eye” on the newborn.

The zoo says its Bactrian camels are domestic, but wild Bactrians number fewer than a thousand in Central and East Asia. They are well-suited to Michigan’s climate, growing thick winter coats then shedding them in summer months.

The Bactrian camel has two humps.




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