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Pregnant Camel Stops Eating, Then Zookeepers Notice Tiny Hooves Poking Out Of Her

ana by Ana Luisa Suarez
Ana is an Associate Editor who loves animals and food. A good taco and a snuggle with her dogs is all she needs.

There is something inherently compelling and beautiful about watching an animal give birth.

Zookeepers watch pregnant mothers tirelessly for signs of labor and do their best to make the birth as natural as possible, just like it would be in the wild — minus the actual danger of a predator.

In 2012, the Cincinnati Zoo welcomed their first baby camel in 30 years. Saarai, a Bactrian camel, delivered her first calf, a little boy!

Zookeepers noticed Saarai stopped eating and became restless early one morning. By the early afternoon, she was pacing back and forth, and by 3 p.m., she had her son!

The staff blocked off her area from the public and other camels, though the baby’s father, Humphrey, could watch from another enclosure. In the video below, you can watch Saarai’s delivery, which is much quicker than the several hours she went through on April 23, 2012.

Shortly after the calf was born, mom Saarai was cuddling her little boy and licking him clean. Less than an hour after she gave birth, he was already up and on his feet!

If you think this camel made the birth of her son look effortless, you’ll be amazed by this rhino easily giving birth at a German zoo without any assistance!

Please SHARE this miracle of birth with all your friends and family who love to see how animals deliver their babies!

Video Credit: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

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