Ukraine's Kyiv Zoo Welcomes Baby Goats: 'Nature Does Not Stop'

Two goats were born at Kyiv Zoo the day after Russian forces attempted to seize the capital city in Ukraine, with zookeepers saying "nature does not stop."

The zoo shared a video of the newborn goats on February 27 in a Facebook post that can be found here. It shows a zoo worker gently handling and stroking the newborns as the worker edges them towards their mother.

The goats were born after a "very tense night," during which loud explosions were heard until the morning, the zoo said. "Fortunately, there were no direct hits on the territory of the zoo. Our specialists monitor the animals around the clock, and their condition is currently satisfactory," it said.

Природу не зупинити - сьогодні у КиївЗоо народились двоє маленьких козенят 🐐🐐 _________________________________________________Nature cannot be stopped...

The goats were born after a night of heavy fighting in the capital

Kyiv Zoo is in touch with the Warsaw Zoo in Poland, which is raising funds for animal supplies. Warsaw Zoo reposted the video of the goats and shared words from the director of Kyiv Zoo, Kirilla Trantina.

"Kyiv zoo survived another night—all animals and employees are alive and well." she said. "Despite the war and the horror that is happening, nature lives its life - beautiful young people were born in the zoo."

On February 26, CEO of Kyiv Zoo Kyrylo Trantin said 50 workers remain on-site at the zoo 24/7 to care for the animals. In a Facebook post, he said the war is causing "terrible stress" for the animals, so some were moved to indoor enclosures and underground galleries.

Trantin posted a video of a "night battle" in Kyiv where shots can be heard in the distance, and missiles seen in the sky. He said there were "no direct hits" on the territory of the zoo, and the staff remained in prepared bomb shelters.

The last update from the zoo, on February 28, said it currently has enough food, heat and water so "no extra help" was needed at this time.

The next day on March 1, the fifth day of the invasion, a 40-mile convoy of Russian troops was seen heading towards Kyiv. Later in the day, Russia attacked the city's TV tower, soon after it warned of plans to continue hitting the capital.

It comes as zoos in neighboring countries prepare to receive evacuated animals from the war-torn country.

Officials from Zoo Poznań, Poland, told Newsweek on Tuesday (March 1) that workers were currently waiting at the Polish border for the animals—which are from the Save Wild animal sanctuary, near Kyiv—to arrive. The delivery of animals became surrounded by Russian troops on their way out. However, they eventually made it past the occupation line, and are traveling to the border.

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A stock photo shows two baby goats. Two were born at the zoo after a night of heavy fighting. NikiTaxidisPhotography/Getty Images