An Adelaide wildlife park has been forced to euthanase a two-day-old zebra foal following an injury that was “drastically affecting its quality of life”.
- The cause of the foal’s injury is unknown
- Zoo keepers believe it could have been caught among adults in the herd
- It follows the death of a baby hamadryas baboon at Adelaide Zoo in 2018
Monarto Zoo, located about 65 kilometres south-east of Adelaide at Monarto South, released a statement this afternoon that it made a decision to put down the injured foal today.
“We are deeply saddened to share the news that our beloved newborn zebra has tragically passed away,” a spokeswoman said.
The foal, who was yet to be named or have its sex determined, was born to first-time mother Gina, between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.
The zoo had only released images and footage of the newborn to the media and public early this morning.
“During the day, keepers noticed the foal was struggling to stand and quickly called the vet team to determine the cause,” the spokeswoman said.
“After an examination, vets found the zebra had sustained an injury that was drastically affecting its quality of life and the decision was made humanely euthanase it.
“After its birth yesterday, the foal had been seen suckling and keepers had no cause for concern.”
The zoo said that in the wild, zebras could be “quite boisterous” and the foal was possibly caught among the adults, which could have led to an injury.
Zoos SA chief executive Elaine Bensted said the foal’s death was sad for staff.
“We say in this job here you have really fabulous days and fabulous weeks and really sad days,” she said.
“It is the nature of having 3,000 animals.”
The foal was the second zebra to be born at Monarto Zoo in recent months, with seven-year-old Kali giving birth to male zebra Intengo in October 2018.