The new-born white Bactrian camel baby boy, the first of his species to have ever been born in the zoo in Bulgaria’s Black Sea city of Varna. Photo: Varna Mayor’s Facebook page
A white two-humped baby camel, i.e. of the Bactrian camel species, has been born for the first time in the zoo in the Black Sea city of Varna in Eastern Bulgaria.
The baby camel is male, and the Varna Zoo is yet to pick his name as well as well as symbolic adopter, Varna Mayor Ivan Portnih announced on his Facebook page.
“Congratulations to the zoo team who are putting a lot of efforts into taking care of the white camel baby and his parents. May he live long and be healthy so he can cheer Varna’s children," the mayor wrote.
The parents of Bactrian camel baby boy were bought by the Varna Zoo from Slovakia. The mother, Eva, is 10 years old, and the father, Lemi, is six.
The new-born white camel baby boy of the Varna Zoo is yet to be named. Photos: Varna Mayor’s Facebook page
The white two-humped camel baby was born on April 23, 2020, after a 13-month pregnancy.
In recent weeks, the Varna Zoo, which is located in Varna’s beautiful Sea Garden park, saw the hatching of black swans and the birth of two baby mouflons (wild sheep), one black and one brown.
“We have completely changed the color now [with the baby camel’s birth] – we’ve gone from black swans and a black mouflon to a while baby camel," Varna Zoo Director Ivanka Stoyanova has told the Bulgarian National Radio.
“This is very rare. Presently, the baby camel is feeling very well. There is no need for us to go in the enclosure and bother the family," she adds.
The Varna Zoo plans to broadcast a live stream about the life of its Bactrian camel family on its Facebook page on Saturday, May 2.
The white came baby with his mother, 10-year-old Eva. Photo: Varna Mayor’s Facebook page
The camel baby boy with his parents, mother Eva (right), and father, Lami, 6 (left). Photo: Varna Mayor’s Facebook page
Recent archaeological discoveries of animal bones indicate that camels were known in today’s Bulgaria since the time of the Roman Empire as well as during the period of the medieval Bulgarian Empire and medieval Byzantium (i.e. the Eastern Roman Empire).
Camel remains from the Middle Ages have also been found in the Tuida Fortress in today’s city of Sliven, also in Southeast Bulgaria.
Camel remains from the Roman Era and the Late Antiquity have been found in Bulgaria in two locations: the Ancient Thracian and Roman city of Kabyle near Yambol, also in Southeast Bulgaria, and the large Roman city of Nicopolis ad Istrum near today’s Veliko Tarnovo in Central North Bulgaria.