NORFOLK, Va. — The Virginia Zoo welcomed a zebra foal on Monday!

Abby, the 17-year-old Hartmann’s mountain zebra, gave birth to a girl. This is Abby's fifth filly, a young female horse, and dad Zack's fourth.

The foal weighed 80 pounds and stands approximately three feet tall,” said Dr. Colleen Clabbers, the Zoo’s Veterinarian. “We were lucky to have one last filly before Zack left last year. Abby is an experienced mother and she is already taking great care of her baby.”

Virginia Zoo's Newest Zebra
The Virginia Zoo

Both the mom and baby are behind the scenes, for now, to bond. The zoo said the pair should be gradually introduced to the exhibit in the coming weeks.

The new foal will stay close to her mother for eight to twelve months before being weaned.

The Zoo needs help giving its newest member a name! The Virginia Zoo hopes to give the foal a name that starts with the letter "Z" after her dad who left the zoo for breeding at another zoological facility in late 2018. 

Keepers have narrowed it down to five “Z” names: 

  • Zelda
  • Zeta
  • Zambezi
  • Zenith
  • Zephyra

Click here to vote for your favorite name. The contest will end on Sunday, May 19 at midnight.

The Zoo currently has an all-female herd, with a total of five zebras: Abby, 14-year-old Rose, three-year-old Ruuxa, one-year-old Athena and the new foal.