Meet Obi! New baby zebra at Toronto Zoo has a name

The Toronto Zoo says its new baby zebra has a name. "Baby Stripes" will now be called "Obi," the zoo revealed in an adorable video on Tuesday.

Male foal's name is in keeping with Star Wars-themed names of siblings

Obi, a baby zebra at the Toronto Zoo, introduces himself and his new name to the world. (YouTube)

The Toronto Zoo says its new baby zebra born in February has a name.

"Baby Stripes" will now be called "Obi," the zoo revealed Tuesday in an adorable video. The name is in keeping with the Star Wars-inspired names of his siblings, Leia and Rey.

The zoo had invited members of the public to vote on a name, between Feb. 26 and March 10, and more than 7,500 people responded.

In the video, two wooden doors in a barn slide open to display the name. Then Obi's mother appears and stands aside to allow Obi, barely a month old, to make his entrance.

And he does, running forward twice as if to introduce himself to the world. At one point, his back legs kick a few times and he prances around. He then goes back to the safety of mom.

As of 3 p.m., the video had been viewed more than 37,000 times on Facebook and more than 27,000 times on Twitter.

Obi, a Grevy's zebra, was born in the early morning hours of Feb. 13 to proud parents, Tori, eight, and Jake, 11. Obi is Tori and Jake's third baby. Leia was born in January 2014 and Rey was born in July 2016. 

Currently, Obi is living with his mom in a barn at the zoo and the public will not be able to view him until the spring. 

"Both mom and foal are doing well," the zoo said in a news release on Tuesday.

Kim Welfle, a keeper in the African savannah at the Toronto Zoo, has described Obi as a "growing boy" and a "pretty big kid."

On his second day of life, Obi weighed 47.8 kilograms. Zebra stallions, however, can weigh up to 450 kilograms, or under 1,000 lbs.

Here is Obi, right, with his mom Tori, left. Obi was born at the Toronto Zoo on Feb. 13 in the early morning hours. (Submitted/Toronto Zoo)

Grevy's zebras are considered endangered, with a global population of only 2,800, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Grevy's zebras are primarily found in Kenya and Ethiopia.

Over the past 30 years, their population has declined by about 70 per cent.

Major threats facing Grevy's zebras are loss of grazing habitat, reduced access to available water sources, competition for resources, hunting and disease.

Obi is spending time developing a special bond with his mother. Here they are together in a barn at the Toronto Zoo. (Submitted/Toronto Zoo)


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