Wanted: a Name for Baby Zebra - Rome Zoo

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A four-day-old, baby Grant's zebra was out roaming for the first time at a zoo in Rome on Wednesday.

Braving the 93 degree Fahreneit heat, the little male zebra proudly showed off his brown stripes, distinctive for young zebras.

The baby looked very much at home beside mum, Wendy, and dad, Chucky.

But the young zebra is missing something - a name.

The zoo is now launching an internet competition to pick a good name.

Both parent zebras are from the Dutch safari park at Beekse Bergen, and baby zebra was born on July 9 two days before Holland took on Spain in the World Cup final… So the zoo expects a whole host of Dutch soccer players’ names to be put forward.

Whilst the Grant's zebra is not an endangered species, the zoo sees all births as important.

[Yitzhak Yadid, Zoo Curator]: (male, English)
"Well some births are more important and some less, it depends what species we are talking about and it depends how endangered it is. Generally speaking breeding any animal in the zoo is important as we have to maintain certain numbers of animals due to the fact that European zoos and other zoos do not import from the wild.”

The baby zebra’s name will be picked at the end of the month.

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