The Heartwarming Reason Why Caregivers Need to Wear A Zebra Coat to Take Care of This Baby Zebra
4The foal was named Diria and is currently being taken care of by experienced keepers
The Zebra foal was cared for by the staff of the trust who employs experienced keepers who monitored him round the clock. In their FB post, the trust said “roster of experienced keepers continues to care for him, which includes providing milk feeds, ensuring he has a warm stable to sleep in at night, and a protective ‘mother’ presence during the day”
But there was one thing that attracted attention, why were the caregivers wearing one particular zebra uniform in turns. The reason, a heartbreaking one concerns the very survival of the little zebra.
5The images attached to their Facebook post caught the attention of many viewers
People were intrigued by the images of the cute baby zebra which were attached to the Facebook post. What really intrigued them was the fact that these images showcased the keepers wearing suits adorned with zebra-stripe patterns.
A representative explained: “Baby zebras (called foals) need to be able to recognize their mother from birth to survive. To learn its mothers’ stripes, a mother zebra will often separate herself and her baby from the herd so that the baby can imprint—essentially recognize and follow her coat, smell, and call. Once the calf can identify its mother, the duo will return to the herd”.
6The keepers wore this suit so that the baby would recognize it as its mother regardless of who wore it
Wild zebra calves are usually raised by their mother alone. But, at the Reintegration Unit, it is not possible for a single individual to hand-raise baby Diria. They may have to go on annual leave at some point of time. In order, to avoid this fragile new-born imprinting on just one person, the keepers, don a specially made striped coat. Diria would now recognize this as his ‘mum’, regardless of who wears it. Teams of caregivers can now give Diria the specialist care he needs 24/7. This will ensure his chances at survival.
7People can help animals like Diria
The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust representative encouraged people to contribute towards helping can help animals in need like baby Diria:
“We know that during these uncertain times, it can be really difficult to consider donating to charity and conservation given the virus that is dominating the news right now. But our mission is to continue to protect and preserve wildlife in Kenya and in practice, that means caring for individuals like Diria, which is wholly funded by donations”
The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust also requests people to follow them on social media so more and more people will learn of the good work they are doing with rescue animals in Kenya. They said.
“following us on social media would be amazing. We aim to continue to share all the success stories from the field made possible thanks to our supporters, many of which are feel-good”.