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Newborn 104-pound Grevy’s zebra debuts at Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami’s newborn Grevy’s zebra makes its debut Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015.
Zoo Miami’s newborn Grevy’s zebra makes its debut Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. ZOO MIAMI

This baby looks good in stripes.

Following a 13-month gestation, a 104-pound Grevy’s zebra was born Sunday at Zoo Miami. After spending time with its mother and adjusting to its surroundings, the male foal met the public on Thursday.

“The first time mother is just over 3 years old and came from Omaha’s Henry Doorley Zoo and the father is 17 years old and came from White Oak Conservation Center in Northern Florida,” according to a zoo news release.

Grevy’s zebras come from Africa and Ethiopia, and are the most endangered of three type of zebras from that region. They are the largest species of zebras, having big heads and mule-like characteristics. They eat mostly grass and legumes, foraging for them wherever they go. They can travel in packs of 10 to 100.

The newborn does not have a name yet, but the public is encouraged to pitch one at www.zoomiami.org. The contest will run until Nov. 5.

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