There’s just something about babies that makes me so happy inside… especially when I don’t have to change diapers. And when Disney’s Animal Kingdom opens next week I cannot wait to find all the baby animals that have been born recently or during the park closures.
There have been a string of births this year and I don’t know which one I’m the most excited about!
Monkeys, Porcupines, and Piglets, Oh My!
The first in the recent births was an Angolan black-and-white colobus monkey. Douglas was born in mid-January with primarily white fur. He can be found on the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail where I still love to stop and observe the young gorillas as well. He is definitely a cuddler with his mother.
In February, a porcupette, a baby prehensile-tailed porcupine was born.
She has the cutest tiny nose! She is so famous she was even featured getting an ultrasound on Disney+ in an episode of One Day at Disney. I can’t wait to see her but I’m not so sure I’d cuddle her. I bet she curls up into the most precious little ball.
Next up was a babirusa piglet. The piglet was named Kirana, or “sunbeam” in Indonesian. Kirana is the first babirusa born at Walt Disney World, although she is closely related to the warthogs and pigs found on the Kilimanjaro Safaris and the Affection Section. She may even be a close relative to the beloved Pumbaa.
Four Baby Zebras in 2020
Finally, there are FOUR baby zebras that have been born in 2020.
The newest foal was born on May 6 at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. They appropriately named the zebra youngster Phoenix, which symbolizes strength. What a hope-filled name for a baby born in 2020.
One other Hartmann’s zebra foal, Asha, was born at Animal Kingdom Lodge in April. Neither of the foals seem to be wasting much time and are very active at the resort.
You may even be able to spot one upon perusing the savannas next time you are at the resort.
The first Hartmann’s zebra born on Disney property was born January 21 this year in Animal Kingdom.
He was a healthy foal and about ready to be incorporated with the herd on the Kilimanjaro Safari before the parks temporarily closed.
It is not clear where the third one was born.
Wow that is a lot of new babies around Animal Kingdom and Animal Kingdom Lodge. I hope that I can spot one when I get back into the park next week. I’m not sure which one I will look for first! Probably the porcupette because I’ve never seen a baby porcupine before. Which one would you want to see first?
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