Newest Central Park Zoo addition born during storm

Central Park Zoo's Baby Lamb and Mother
Central Park Zoo's Baby Lamb and Mother, Photo: Julie Larsen Maher

While the rest of the New York braced itself for the coming hurricane, the Central Park Zoo’s curators and staff found themselves with some added responsibilities. Early Saturday morning they discovered a newborn lamb cuddled calmly next to its mother Truffle in the Tish Children’s Zoo.

“On a day of great uncertainty for New York City, the lamb brought smiles and hope to all of us at the zoo,” said Susan Cardillo, an assistant curator for Central Park Zoo. “We had to name her Irene Hope. She was a big surprise. It is rare to see a lamb born in late August.”

Wildlife Conservation Society officials checked to be sure that Irene Hope, a Southdown, one of the oldest breeds of sheep, was healthy and that she was secured with her mother in their stable as the initial first day of nursing is critical for a new lamb’s health. She will continue to nurse for three to four months and can be seen in the zoo starting today.

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In order to clean up after Hurricane Irene, The Central Park drives are closed to vehicular traffic today. Ballfields, bowling greens, and visitor centers, including Tavern on the Green, the Dairy, and North Meadow Recreation Center will also be closed today.

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