In the Moscow zoo was born calf Alpaca

© AP Photo / Amanda Lee Myers Alpaca. Archival photoIn the Moscow zoo was born calf Alpaca© AP Photo / Amanda Lee Myers

The baby Alpaca was born at the Moscow zoo and has often walks with his mother in the outer enclosure, reported on the official website of the Moscow mayor.

Alpaca is a domesticated form of the vicuna, a South American relative of the camel. It is believed that the Indians of Peru first started breeding alpacas about six thousand years ago. In the Andes it is doing now — on special farms for their warm and lightweight wool.

The famous Golden fleece is the wool of the vicunas. It is because of her kind of almost destroyed during the colonization of South America. Now hunting of these animals is officially prohibited.

«Visitors of the Moscow zoo can see a little baby alpacas. This is a female, and she was born just recently, on August 26, but walking on the cage along with adult relatives. After the birth of baby weighing about a kilogram was examined by the zoo workers, they were convinced that the Alpaca is completely healthy. Now she weighs almost six times more», — stated in the message.

According to the report, the cub spends time in the outdoor enclosure with her mother. Other members of the group treat him with interest and often nose. The baby actively explores the world: walking in their enclosures, watching the visitors, and when frightened, runs for help to the mother. Next to her cub, as in the wild, would hold the entire first year of life. To four months he will eat the mother’s milk and then gradually move on to food that the adults eat: hay, willow branches and grass, the report said.

It is noted that the stable population of the species remain in zoos around the world. Moscow zoo participates in the European program for the conservation of vicunas. In the Centre of reproduction of rare species of animals Volokolamsk have repeatedly been able to obtain healthy offspring.

«To see the cub along with a group of adult Alpaca on the old site not far from the pavilion «the Rock of birds of prey». A look at the vicuna invite in the cage «Bessarbia camels of South America», which also contained llama, guanacos and capybaras», — added in the message.