DELIGHTED animal keepers at a Doncaster zoo have revealed they beat the odds to save the life of a baby camel.
Staff at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park feared they would lose the tiny animal after it was born - but instead the mammal, which they have named Domino, is now growing stronger at home in Branton.
Domino was born earlier this week to Batrican camel Lottie, a young first time mum.
But she was starved of oxygen during birth and concerned park rangers found when she arrived into the world she was weak, unable to stand and close to death.
Animal director John Minion said: “We rushed her into a stable to keep her warm where staff spent a night-time vigil, bottle feeding her throughout the night.
“Eventually she stood up, we all breathed a sigh of relief and sent out for Domino’s pizzas as a celebration and to keep staff going - hence the name Domino!”
But despite everyone’s hopes being raised, tiny Domino took a turn for the worse the following day.
Vets arrived at the walkthrough safari park and she was put on saline drip and the vets boosted her with steroid injections in a final attempt to keep her alive.
“We really thought we’d lost her,” said park director Cheryl Williams.
“But miraculously, she gradually started to come round, and the turning point was when we managed to take some milk from her mum Lottie and bottle feed it to her.
“It’s been a tense week but now she is going from strength to strength and is standing and suckling from Lottie. We’re chuffed to bits!”
Bosses at the park say they hope Domino will soon make her entrance into the camel reserve, alongside the other seven Batrican camels at the park.