Rare Baby Camel, a Bactrian, Meets Public at Budapest Zoo (Photos)

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 04:23 PM

By Jonna Lorenz

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The public got its first glimpse on Tuesday of a rare Bactrian baby camel born April 9 at Budapest Zoo.

The male camel, named Ilias, has been with his mother, giving them time to bond before being introduced to the public.

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The baby camel was the first to be born to his 8-year-old mother Iris, and the two had trouble with feeding, zoo spokesperson Zoltan Hanga told Agence France-Presse.

"Us zookeepers had to hold down the mother and gently help the baby to feed," Hanga said.

Bactrian camels, which have two humps, are endangered, with fewer than 1,000 living in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia and China, according to National Geographic.

The gestation period is 12 to 14 months, and the camels can live up to 50 years in captivity.

Pictures of baby Ilias spread on the Internet.

According to Doncaster Free Press, a female Bactrian camel was born March 20 at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

The Detroit Zoo welcomed a baby Bactrian camel in 2012, and also in 2012 a baby Bactrian camel was born at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. A video of that baby, the first to be born at the zoon in 30 years, was posted on YouTube.

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