Garden City zoo
celebrates new arrivals
By Clara Kilbourn
The Hutchinson News
GARDEN CITY - A busy stork delivered two new babies to the Lee
Richardson Zoo in the past week.
On Monday, zoo director Kathy Sexson announced the birth of a
baby boy Bactrian camel born March 15. Tuesday's announcement
heralded the arrival of baby girl alpaca.
Neither infant animal has been named, but zookeepers expect to
announce the names soon.
Because camel dads aren't typically involved in rearing their
young and because the baby's dad showed a bit of mild
aggression, the 126-pound infant and its mother remain confined
to the privacy of the birthing suite, Sexson said.
"It worried us to the point we separated the dad from them," she
The new baby stands 41/4 to 5 feet tall and is the fifth for the
11-year-old mother and 12-year-old father. Camels give birth
every two years after a 13-month gestation.