The happiest place on Earth has two new residents.
Not leaving anything to chance, most of the births are carefully planned by Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment team.
On October 20th, the park announced the birth of its 36th giraffe. The Masai calf, born to mother Willow, weighed 160 lbs and stood at just over 6 feet tall.
It was the second giraffe born at the Orlando, Florida theme park in a month.
“After this new calf enjoys bonding time with mom, she will join the herd on the savanna – usually in a few weeks,” Dr. Mark Penning, Vice President of Disney’s Animals, Science & Environment, wrote in an Instagram post. “For now, the calf is nursing and staying close to mom.”
Just days later, a male white rhino was born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on October 25th. The new calf was born to mom Kendi and dad Dugan and stood within minutes of his arrival.
“This latest addition to our crash is playful and curious, now starting to spar with mom, who patiently tolerates his playfulness,” Penning wrote. “Sometimes, this little guy gets so excited that his keepers say at 5 AM he gets the “zoomies” running around the barn.”
Since reopening in July, Disney World has capped attendance at the park at 25% capacity. Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek has now revealed the park will continue at that rate unless they get new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"We're limited by the 6-foot social-distancing guideline of the CDC. And that translates, essentially, to about a 25% park capacity," Chapek told CNBC. "Every day, that's about where we're at: 25%. And that won't change until the CDC guidelines change."