The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is celebrating this holiday season, celebrating a birth. YNN's Bill Carey says it is not the kind of birth normally marked at the zoo.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- We have seen our share of "new arrivals" at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. But the zoo birth on December 7th clearly qualifies as the most unique.
A Burmese refugee, Oo Meh , was on her first tour of the zoo. She was expecting her fourth child in January. But her new daughter has a different plan. She went into labor near the zoo's bear exhibit. Staff members, civilians from Head Start and arriving paramedics from Rural Metro helped bring her new daughter, named December Paw, into the world.
“Given the circumstances. Went very smooth. Went very well because of so many people that were involved,” said Mike Addario, Rural Metro Divisional General Manager.
“Fortunately, the news came in very quickly that everybody was fine. The staff reacted very quickly. That Rural Metro was en route very quickly and there. It was a great relief to know that everything went well and the staff reacted just as they're trained to do,” said Matt Millea, Deputy Onondaga County Executive.
While December Paw and her family looked on, honors were awarded to the coalition that aided in the delivery.
“This incident really goes to show the importance of the training our staff undergoes, to appropriately respond to the needs of our guests, can't be understated,” said Ted Fox, Zoo Director.
The group, Friends of the Zoo, had some honors of its own.
“We warmly welcome your family into our family and celebrate December Paw's birth here at our zoom,” said Janet Agostini, Friends of the Zoo President.
The family was granted honorary lifetime membership, meaning they can visit as often as they want.
It was not the only gift this day. Many on hand saw the greatest gift came from December Paw herself: A story with a happy ending.
In a Christmas season that has been marred by news of death from Connecticut, here at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, they were celebrating life.