AN INTERESTING event took place at the Košice Zoo on March 19 as Mayor Richard Raši and his family ceremonially baptised five animals recently born at the zoo. A new llama was baptised by Raši himself and the mayor’s wife and three daughters baptised four Cameroon sheep and Pygmy goats. The zoo combined the symbolic baptising, in which godparents became sponsors of the animals, with a welcome to spring.
The traditions of spring were evident in a performance by the Štrbianček Children’s Folklore Ensemble from Tatranská Štrba as well as demonstrations of trained birds of prey by the Falconers of St Bavon from Banská Štiavnica.
Erich Kočner, the director of Košice Zoo, was pleased that spring was welcomed in such an exceptional way this year.
“Our zoo has been breeding llamas since 1997 when we bought a breeding couple from the zoo of Spišská Nová Ves. We enjoyed the birth of the first offspring in 2001. It was a female – coincidentally she is the mother of the newest offspring – a female born on August 18, 2010. The father came to Košice from Bojnice Zoo in April 2008. Our llamas are a domesticated form of guanaco llama (Lama guanicoe), a camelid that comes from Latin America where it is bred mainly for its fur and milk. Košice Zoo has bred 10 domesticated llamas so far. We have been breeding Cameroon sheep and Pygmy goats since the zoo was founded,” Kočner told the TASR newswire.
2. May 2011 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff