A new zebra foal has been born at Taronga Western Plains Zoo.
The female foal was born in the early hours of Thursday, August 29. Keepers arrived at work to find the mother Kioni on exhibit with the foal.
She's been named Dalia, which means 'gentle' in Swahili.
ALSO MAKING NEWS:
Zebra keeper Carolene Magner said Kioni was a very natural and protective mum.
"She is the lead mare in the herd and only has to lower her ears toward another herd member to warn them not to get too close to her foal," Ms Magner said.
"The filly is strong and confident which was evident from the moment she was born."
The foal is staying close to her mother at the moment. Soon she will start to venture out more and explore her surrounds.
"She usually has bursts of energy in the mornings and late afternoons, while resting throughout the middle of the day," Ms Magner said.