Abilene Zoo welcomes baby Blue Duiker antelope

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - The Abilene Zoo is asking the public to join them in welcoming Maji, their brand new Blue Duiker, born last week.

Maji is the first of his kind to be born at the Abilene Zoo. Zoo officials created the following Facebook post to announce Maji's birth:

Blue Duikers are tiny antelope that live in the forests of western, southern and eastern Africa. Full grown adults reach a height of 13 to 16 inches, and they are the tiniest of their species.

His mom’s water broke on the same day as that big water main break at the zoo; nonetheless, tiny Maji came into the world a healthy, hardy, 411 grams, on the afternoon of July 7. To commemorate his birthday, zoo keepers named him for the word “Water” in Swahili. Even better, today’s medical exam revealed that he is growing right on schedule, putting on a whopping 112 grams and tipping in at just over a pound.

Maji isn’t out on exhibit yet, but guests should be able to take a peek at the little guy in the next few weeks. He’s hanging out with his mother, a two-year-old, 9-pound wonder named MKia, who came to Abilene last year when Giraffe Safari opened. Maji is nursing well, and his mom is keeping herself well fed on a diet of apples, carrots, grains, sweet potatoes and other herbivore delicacies.

Maji’s dad Spark is still out for the public to see, hanging out with the Kori Bustards at Giraffe Safari. Maji’s parents are a breeding pair, recommended through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plans.

 

 

(Story from bigcountryhompage.com)

 


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