Thursday 13 June 2013
A casanova camel is quickly discovering what life is like as a first-time dad following the birth of two boisterous camel calves at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. - Come and see the mischievous pair this Father's Day.
Having spent his first 18 months at the Zoo living the high life as the centre of attention and rolling in the hay with his bevy of females, Mantis the Bactrian camel is now learning to take a back-seat to the adorable youngsters.
Born to two different mums, the pair of camel calves have arrived just in time for Father’s Day and are the first to be born at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo for eight years, thanks to Mantis’ lady charming ways.
Baby camel Mo with dad Mantis
Zookeeper Donovan Glyn says: “Since Mantis joined the Zoo as head camel he’s certainly been relishing all of the attention from our ladies – but the birth of his first two offspring mean it’s a whole new way of life for him and the herd.”
Arriving within days of one another, the two camel calves - Millie and Mo – are proving the best of friends and are equally as mischievous as one another.
And it’s Mo who is really putting his father’s patience to the test. Named by keepers after Olympic runner Mo Farah, little Mo is notorious for his ability to run rings around the herd – including his dad.
Mo the baby Bactrian camel
Don adds: “Despite the change in lifestyle for Mantis, he certainly hasn’t got the hump with his new role and we’re pleased as punch that he’s proving to be such a patient father. I’m sure all new dads will agree that it’s tiring work, but at least Mantis doesn’t have to contend with any nappy changes!”
The Zoo’s eight-strong herd of Bactrian camels can be seen in the Passage through Asia exhibit.