The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (which has 40 years of pioneering expertise in Kenya and Africa) just rescued a newborn zebra called Diria. They said that she had lost her mother when lions attacked her.
Aime (shelter representative) claimed that they generally update the circumstances of the animals they care for on their official Facebook account:
“At this moment, we have no additional updates other than a list of competent caregivers who continue to look after her, including supplying food for milk, ensuring she has a warm stable to sleep in at night, and a protective’mother’ presence throughout the day,” the caretaker stated.
She did, however, try to explain something that had struck Diria’s attention: the caretakers’ attire.
“In order to live, baby zebras must be able to recognize their mother from birth.” A zebra mother would frequently isolate herself and her newborn from the herd so that the infant can identify and follow her coat, scent, and call. “Once the infant recognizes its mother, the pair will return to the herd,” said Amie, a Sheldrick Wildlife Trust official.
“In the wild, calves are solely reared by their mother, but in our Reintegration Unit, it’s not feasible for a single person to raise one if they leave on yearly vacation.” To avoid this vulnerable image of the infant on a person, our Guardians wear a specially tailored striped coat so that Diria recognizes them as her’mother,’ regardless of who is wearing it. “A team of caregivers can provide Diria with the specialized care she need 24 hours a day, seven days a week to offer her the best chance of life,” Amie said.
The customized outfit helps the animal acquire confidence and adapt, a gesture that is truly wonderful and tells volumes about the care they take of the species here.