A Bactrian Camel born on February 25 is already winning fans at the Cincinnati Zoo. Keepers announced the male baby’s name, Jack, one week and one day later – on Hump Day, of course.
Photo Credit: Cincinnati Zoo
Zoo keepers filmed Jack’s first steps, which were taken just an hour after he was born. Because the weather was so cold during his first week, Jack wore a coat to help him stay warm! Luckily, the cold spell did not last and the zoo captured photos of Jack and his mother, Sarrai.
Bactrian camels are native to the steppes of Central Asia. They have two humps, in comparison to the one-humped Dromedary Camel native to the Middle East and northern Africa. They were domesticated thousands of years ago and transported humans vast distances in ancient times. Able to survive up to 10 months without drinking water, Bactrian camels are listed as Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Fewer than 1,000 Bactrian Camels survive in the wild; interbreeding with domestic populations is diminishing the genetic integrity of the species.
See more photos of Jack below.