Bactrian camel born this week at Milwaukee County Zoo

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Milwaukee County Zoo has a new addition. A male Bactrian camel was born the morning of April 13 to parents Addie-Jean (better known as A.J.) and Stan.

The zoo says the calf is doing well and animal care staff say he appears to be very strong. He was up and moving shortly after his birth, which took place in the outdoor camel habitat, at about 10 a.m. He was observed nursing from mom throughout the day.

More about the camel's family

Mother, A.J., is 9 years old and father, Stan, is 8 years old. This is A.J. and Stan’s third offspring. They have two other sons: Jethro, who was born in 2019; and George, born in 2017. Both Jethro and George have since transferred to other zoological organizations.

According to the zoo, the new calf underwent a neo-natal exam and he weighed 94 pounds -- marking A.J.’s largest calf in weight! He is slightly smaller than the last male born to the Zoo’s other female, Sanchi. It’s considered a good, healthy weight for a newborn camel.

The calf will be named soon, the zoo says. And if he continues progress as he should, visitors can see him in the outdoor Camel Yard, with mom, A.J. and A.J.’s mother, Sanchi. In the case of inclement weather, the calf will be off exhibit in the indoor camel barn.


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