A British zoo has lost a seven-week old zebra foal after the youngster died of what is reported as natural causes.
The filly foal, named Megan, was born on June 17 at Newquay Zoo in Cornwall. She was the first Chapman’s zebra born at the zoo.
She had been seen eating grass and drinking from her mother, Mitsy, “so looked like she was going from strength to strength” the zoo’s vet told the Cornish Guardian, but the youngster took a turn for the worse this week.
“She started to show signs of deterioration on Tuesday afternoon but despite the best efforts of the keeping team and the veterinary team she was unable to be saved,” the zoo said.
Zoo curator John Meek said. “We are absolutely devastated and had all become very fond of this animal, she will be missed by staff, volunteers and visitors.”