ST. PAUL – Como Zoo welcomed two baby Dall’s sheep in April, lambs who join a growing weather-themed family.
Iao, whose name means “supreme cloud” in Hawaiian, was born in Drizzle on April 1 and Breezy was born in Sunny on April 24. Other family members are named Storm, Thunder, Skywalker, Rainy, Nimbus – and Father Sylvester, who is more of an earth sheep.
“Both babies are healthy, eat well and are very, very adorable,” said babysitter Jill Erzar.
St. Paul Zoo uses a variety of methods to appoint new members.
Iao (pronounced “EE-ow”) was nominated by a donor to Como Friends, a non-profit partner. The donor said he named the lamb for a Maui valley that he and his wife loved.
“We can’t wait to visit him and his family,” the donor told the zoo. “The Dall sheep are so majestic.”
Breezy, who was born on her mother’s third birthday, was appointed by zookeepers who care for the hoofed animals.
“Breezy seems to match his personality,” Erzar said. “She walks so lightly and is surprisingly very graceful for a baby.”
Native to Alaska and Canada, Dall’s sheep, or rams, are known for their massive coiled horns. Sheep also have horns but they are shorter and only slightly curved.
Lambs can be seen daily at Como Zoo. Reservations, which are free and can be found on the zoo website, are necessary, as are face masks.