Cute Dwarf Antelope Born at Florida Zoo — See the Klipspringer Calf in a Video

The Brevard Zoo in Florida announced on their social media accounts the birth of their newest animal: A klipspringer calf. The baby weighed just 27.5 ounces when he was born. 

Mother Deborah and father Ajabu gave birth to the klipspringer calf at 6:30 pm on April 15. The zoo shared a video of the adorable creature on its Facebook page. In the caption, they wrote:

"Good things come in tiny packages."

A klipspringer calf born on April 15, 2021, at the Brevard Zoo in Florida. | Photo: Facebook/BrevardZoo

A klipspringer calf born on April 15, 2021, at the Brevard Zoo in Florida. | Photo: Facebook/BrevardZoo

VERY ENDEARING ANIMAL

Many Facebook users have expressed their fondness for the klipspringer calf. One person wrote: "Omg I didn't know something so cute existed." Another added that the animal is so adorable.

Klipspringers are a kind of dwarf antelope. While known for their small size, most are born weighing 35.2. Throughout their lifetimes, they may reach a weight of between 18 and 40 pounds. 

A klipspringer calf born on April 15, 2021, at the Brevard Zoo in Florida. | Photo: Facebook/BrevardZoo

A klipspringer calf born on April 15, 2021, at the Brevard Zoo in Florida. | Photo: Facebook/BrevardZoo

When Brevard Zoo veterinarians examined the newborn calf immediately following its arrival, they found it to be in good health and nursing well. He is the ninth newborn klipspringer in the zoo so far.

According to the zoo officials, the calf, which is yet to receive a name, will spend some time bonding with his mother Deborah behind the scenes before making his zoo debut in the coming weeks.

 The Virginia Zoo staff welcomed a Masai giraffe calf on January 11, 2021.

A klipspringer calf born on April 15, 2021, at the Brevard Zoo in Florida. | Photo: Facebook/BrevardZoo

A klipspringer calf born on April 15, 2021, at the Brevard Zoo in Florida. | Photo: Facebook/BrevardZoo

The klipspringers may be found in sub-Saharan Africa, living in rocky areas. They are usually hidden on rocks for the first 2 or 3 months of their lives, likely as a defensive measure against predators.

Also known as being light on their feet, the species can jump as far as a silver dollar on landing pads. Even though they don't face much danger in the wild, some humans hunt them violently.

THE BABY GIRAFFE

Meanwhile, the Virginia Zoo staff welcomed a Masai giraffe calf on January 11, 2021. Weighing 148.5 pounds, the newborn stood a healthy 6'1." This is Imara's eighth calf and Billy's thirteenth.

Dr. Tara Reilly, the zoo's veterinarian, performed a neonatal exam 24 hours after the birth, assisted by Zoo Keepers and Veterinary Technicians. Based on the exam, the calf has been identified as a female.

EFFECTS OF PANDEMIC

As the COVID-19 pandemic affects tourists in San Francisco, jaguars and chimpanzees at Oakland Zoo enjoy the quiet, venture into areas of their enclosures other than where they usually hang out. 

Despite these changes, some things remain the same: The zoo, which has existed for almost 100 years, is still struggling financially with its $55,000 daily animal food costs. 

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