Camel Calf To Go On Exhibit At Minnesota Zoo

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An adult Bactrian camel. (credit: Minnesota Zoo)

An adult Bactrian camel. (credit: Minnesota Zoo)

APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — A Bactrian camel born just over a week ago goes on exhibit Wednesday on the Northern Trail at the Minnesota Zoo.

The male camel was born March 7 and doesn’t even have a name yet. The camel weighed 125 pounds at birth. The calf was kept off-exhibit with his mother to make sure he was healthy and gaining weight.

Camels usually gain about 2 pounds a day and reach adult size of 1,600 to 1,800 pounds and 8 feet tall in three to four years.

It’s the fifth calf for mom “Sanya” and the 18th for dad “Turk.”

The zoo says a few Bactrian camels remain in the wild of Mongolia’s Gobi Desert, but most have been domesticated.

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