Meet the smallest and most cutest hoofed animal on the planet who has just become the newest resident at Chicago zoo. This Baby Dwarf Antelope is only 3 weeks old and is a klipspringer, which means “rock jumper” in Afrikaans.
This newest addition to the zoo was born on March 30 and is the second child of antelopes Dash and Triumph. Interestingly Klipspringers actually mate for life.
This cute baby dwarf antelope will be joining her older sister, Arya, who is also a resident at the Chicago zoo.
“The klipspringer calf is healthy and eating well and, as a result, has almost doubled her weight since birth,” said Curator of Mammals Mark Kamhout. “Currently, the calf is being hand-reared by our animal care staff after the mother was unable to provide adequate care,” Kamhout said.
Kipspringers are dwarf antelope found in central and eastern Africa that reach an average of 24 pounds. They stand on the tips of their hooves and even when full-grown can fit all four hooves on a piece of cliff the size of a U.S. dollar coin, about one and a quarter inches.
Despite their small size, klipspringers are quite strong and can put up a fight when challenging for a mate.
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