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Zebra foal earns its stripes as holiday crowds flock to zoo



The one-week-old zebra foal at the National Zoo and Aquarium getting a taste for life with mum Johari. Photo: Michael Weaver.

A one-week-old baby zebra foal at the National Zoo and Aquarium is not quite used to being the ‘mane’ event but is slowly earning its stripes as the newest addition as big crowds flock to the zoo during the school holidays.

The as-yet-unnamed zebra foal is shy at first and nuzzles up behind a tree as its four-year-old mother Johari and father Tambo feed on hay bales.

After some gentle coaxing from mum to join the herd, the foal finds its way and tourists get their first look.

National Zoo and Aquarium senior wildlife keeper Katie Ness said after a few days, the mother will allow other members of the herd to…

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