Zoo Celebrates First Birth Of Year With Baby Zebra Named After Big Storm

This is the moment an adorable baby zebra named after Storm Filomena gallops alongside her mum at a Spanish zoo celebrating its first birth of the year.

The touching video was shared by Valencia Bioparc in the city of Valencia in the Spanish autonomous community of the same name earlier today (15 January).

The female Grant’s zebra (Equus burchell iboehmi) was born at the zoo on 11th January.

Her caretakers decided to name her Filomena after the storm that set record-low temperatures in Spain and caused extensive damage to the capital Madrid.

Credit: Bioparc Valencia/Newsflash

Zoo workers had kept Filomena inside while the storm passed, giving way to higher temperatures and better weather.

The video shows the moment the zebra foal walks alongside her mum around the enclosure, socialises with other animals, and spends some time in the sun.

Valencia Bioparc said: “This is the first birth of the year which is a great joy for the entire BIOPARC team, and just as life found a way in the middle of the storm, this beautiful baby zebra is a reason for hope to face 2021.”

There is a hypothesis that says each black stripe of a zebra has a layer of fat underneath which can get as much as 20 degrees Centigrade hotter than the white stripes. The difference in temperature creates an air current that has a thermoregulating function.

Credit: Bioparc Valencia/Newsflash
Zebra Filomena with mum

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Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency:  Newsflash

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