OCT. 13, 2011 -- There's a new foal at the Saint Louis Zoo's Emerson Children's Zoo. "Nina," a miniature burro, was born on Oct. 4, 2011, in front of onlooking visitors and zoo staff, according to a zoo news release.
Nina now weighs 31 pounds and stands 23 inches tall. She can be seen with her mother, "Miss Barney," and her aunt, "Patches," inside the children's zoo. Miss Barney and Patches are relatively new to the Saint Louis Zoo; they both arrived this summer.
Ancestors of the mini burro, or miniature donkey, come from the island of Sicily near the Mediterranean Sea.
Visitors can see Nina in the children's zoo, which offers free admission from 9-10 a.m. and $4 admission after 10 a.m. The Saint Louis Zoo is located at 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, Mo., 63110.
Photo by Michael Abbene/Courtesy of Saint Louis Zoo