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25 March 2020 16:31

Zebra

Hope arrived during the coronavirus outbreak and keepers hope she will bring a little hope during this uncertain time. Noah's Ark Zoo Farm in Wraxall near Bristol has a stripy addition to its collection. Its five-year-old zebra Polly gave birth to a baby on 19 March, just as the zoo had to close because of the coronavirus outbreak. The keepers have named the new arrival Hope. The news around the world has been dominated by the coronavirus and when Hope arrived safely into the world, she brought so much happiness to the whole zoo team.

– Emma Ogborne, Senior Keeper The zoo says it wants "to signify to all our visitors and staff, that in these unprecedented times, there is still hope that things will return to normal and life will keep on going. Sprout, snapped just after he was born in December, will provide company for Hope. Credit: Noah's Ark Zoo Farm Did you know a group of zebras is called a dazzle? Hope - who's a little dazzler herself - won't be short of company. The youngster will live in the zebra enclosure with the rest of the dazzle, including dad Zebedee.

She will also have a playmate almost her own age - Sprout was born just in time for Christmas 2019. If you look closely you will see that both Sprout and Hope have brown and white stripes, rather than black and white. The zoo says that's normal - they get darker as they get older. HOPE has arrived at a Somerset zoo farm. Noah's Ark Zoo Farm has welcomed a new arrival after five-year-old zebra, Polly, gave birth to a new stripy baby. Born on March 19, amid the current fears, the new girl brought smiles to the faces of visitors on the zoo's last day of opening before the Coronavirus closure. She will live in the zebra enclosure and joins her father, Zebedee, the rest of the dazzle, including another young zebra called Sprout, who was born in December 2019. Keepers decided on the name Hope, to signify to all our visitors and staff that there is still hope that things will return to normal. Senior keeper, Emma Ogborne, said: "The news around the world has been dominated by the Coronavirus and when Hope arrived safely into the world, she brought so much happiness to the whole zoo team. That's when we knew we had to call her Hope." New-born foals are born with their stripes, although they are brown and white. The stripes will turn to black as the young zebra gets older. Grant's Zebra, a subspecies of Plain's Zebras, are registered as Near Threatened on the IUCN red list.