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2 baby Dall's sheep now named at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Breezy (left) and Iao at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Photo: Courtesy of the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. . Breezy (left) and Iao at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

Tommy Wiita
Updated: April 30, 2021 01:11 PM
Created: April 30, 2021 12:03 PM

The Como Park Zoo and Conservatory has named two baby Dall's sheep after they were born earlier this month.

One, named Iao (pronounced "EE-ow"), was born on April 1 and shares her home at the zoo with the mother, Drizzle, father Sylvester, 3-year-old Aunt Sunny and another baby born to Sunny. A donor to Como Friends, Como's nonprofit partner, was given the opportunity to name the sheep.

The zoo states, according to the donor, the name Iao means "cloud," and it is also the name of a valley in Maui that he and his wife love.

"We look forward to visiting her and her family," the donor told the zoo. "The Dall sheep are so majestic. Thank you to the whole team for all you do."

The other baby, named Breezy, was born in the morning hours of April 24. This is Sunny's second lamb. The name was chosen by the zookeepers who care for Como's hoofed animals, which include the Dall sheep, bison, giraffe, zebra and kudu.

"Breezy seems to fit her personality," said zookeeper Jill Erzar. "She scampers around so lightly and is surprisingly very graceful for a baby not even a week old. It's an added bonus that it fits the fun weather theme we have for names."

"Sunny is a good mama. She's laid back and lets the baby explore," Erzar said. "Drizzle is a good mama too but is definitely more of a helicopter mom. Both babies are healthy, eating well, and are very, very adorable."

These Dall's sheep can be seen every day at the Como Zoo, but reservations, which are free and can be found on Como's website, are required, as are masks.


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