PHOTOS: Lincoln Park Zoo welcomes camel calf

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CHICAGO — The Lincoln Park Zoo welcomed a Bactrian camel calf May 9, the first calf born there since 1998.

The calf joins 7-year-old mother Nasan and 6-year-old father Scooter along with two other adult female camels on exhibit. Animal Care staff have determined the calf is male and stands around 4 feet tall and weighed 81 pounds at birth. The calf is the first successful offspring for this breeding pair.

“We’re ecstatic to welcome a Bactrian camel calf to the zoo,” said Curator Diane Mulkerin. “He is still a bit wobbly on his feet but remains quite strong and is ready to begin meeting the rest of the herd.”

Bactrian camels can reach seven feet in height and weigh up to 1,500 pounds.

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