The Milwaukee County Zoo is excited to announce the birth of a female black and white Holstein calf born Sept. 19. Named by the Family Farm staff, Martini was born to mother, Sadie, and weighed a healthy 84 pounds at birth. Animal care staff say she’s “sweet right now but will be a rowdy calf soon!”
Martini is drinking milk from a bottle and has been offered hay and grain from about 3 days old. Often, the calves don’t eat immediately at this young age. At about 8 weeks old she’ll be weaned from milk. She always has access to fresh water also.
The normal process for a newly-born calf is to live in the Farm’s outdoor “hutch.” However, because Martini had a respiratory issue, zookeepers waited until she recovered, and then transferred her to the hutch. When the weather is nice, Martini will be visible to guests outside. In rainy conditions, most likely she’ll be in the Heifer barn — not visible to guests.
Try to catch Martini in the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm next time you’re at the Zoo!