‘Well-behaved’ baby okapi explores paddock at London Zoo for first time

A three-week-old okapi at London Zoo has taken her first steps out of the private stable where she was born.

‘Well-behaved’ baby okapi explores paddock at London Zoo for first time

A three-week-old okapi calf has explored her outdoor paddock for the first time at ZSL London Zoo.

Ede the calf was born to mum Oni on September 21, and has been hidden away inside the stable where she was born ever since.

Gemma Metcalf, an okapi keeper at the zoo, said: “Like all good okapi mums, Oni usually ‘parks’ Ede in a safe spot while she goes outside to forage and exercise.

“Communicating through infrasound, okapis tell their calves to stay put and the little ones are so well-behaved they do exactly as they’re told – something most mums can only dream of!”

Ede enjoyed trotting around the wide-open space, keepers said (ZSL London Zoo/PA)

“Oni clearly felt it was fine for Ede to start exploring, and she enjoyed trotting around the wide-open space,” Ms Metcalf said.

“Lucky visitors may be able to spot the youngster from now on, so it’s a great time to visit ZSL London Zoo – especially as it’s World Okapi Day this Sunday.”

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