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Zebra born at Montekristo Estates

Baby Agostino with his mother Nini.

Baby Agostino with his mother Nini.

A foal has been born at Montekristo Estates in Hal Farruga to zebras Nini and Pasquale.

The foal, born on Monday, has been named Agostino.

Nini and Pasquale have been hosted at the Montekristo refuge and reproduction centre for the past two years.

Pasquale was rescued from a circus in Naples where he was trained to perform tricks. Nini was born at a zoo in the Netherlands.

Agostino is the first zebra to be born in Malta.

Other animals that have been successfully bred at the centre are fallow deer and marmoset monkeys.

Birds of prey shot over Malta have also been rehabilitated and freed.

The centre, which extends over 25,000 metres, is private but the intention is to one day open it to the public.

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