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Baby camel is latest arrival at Yorkshire wildlife park

Nice to meet you mum Credit: Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Darcey, the Bactrian camel, is looking forward to some Mother’s Day pampering after giving birth to a healthy calf at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

Mum and daughter are doing well after a trouble-free labour which saw the baby arrive at 11 am on March 6th.

Name suggestions – following this year’s letter K for all new-borns – are flooding in and visitors are eager to see the calf at the Doncaster park’s Camel Reserve, which is home to one of the largest herds of rare Bactrian camels in the UK.

She’s only a few days old but is loving getting to know the reserve and the other camels while Darcey watches on proudly.

They are family-oriented animals with strong bonds and it is clear that they are all delighted with their new addition. We will make sure Darcey gets spoilt rotten on Sunday for Mother’s Day.

– Britt Jensen, Hoofstock Team Leader at the award-winning park at Branton, near Doncaster.
Suggestions for baby's name are being sought Credit: Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Darcey became a first time mum in 2014 with the arrival of Gertie and the latest addition makes her family 5-strong.

Bactrian camels, which have two humps, are found in the deserts of Mongolia and China where numbers have dropped to around 1,000 as the animals struggle to survive in the harsh environment.

They grow thick winter coats to survive winter temperatures then shed them for warmer summer conditions, living in the wild in herds of six to 22 animals.