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Whoa, baby: Utah’s Hogle Zoo welcomes Hartmann’s mountain zebra

A 2-week-old Hartmann’s mountain zebra races around the African Savanna exhibit at Utah’s Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. The male zebra was born Friday, Jan. 15, and with the help of his mother, who cleaned and coaxed him, he was standing on his own within 30 minutes and awkwardly walking shortly thereafter. The zoo is encouraging the community to help name him by going to the zoo’s Facebook page. Steve Griffin, Deseret News

A 2-week-old Hartmann’s mountain zebra races around the African Savanna exhibit at Utah’s Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City on Thursday. The male zebra was born the evening of Friday, Jan. 15, and with the help of his mother, Ziva, who cleaned and coaxed him, he was standing on his own within 30 minutes and awkwardly walking shortly thereafter.

The baby’s father is Scooby. The zoo is encouraging the community to help name him by going to the zoo’s Facebook page and writing a name in the comments section.

This is the fourth Hartmann’s mountain zebra born at zoo — the other three sired by Ziggy. Mountain zebras live in more mountainous regions in southwest Africa. Unlike other zebras, mountain zebras have a dewlap (a fold of loose skin hanging from the neck or throat), the mane is short and they have very hard, pointed hooves. This species is threatened in the wild.