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Moscow Zoo welcomes tiny dik-dik antelope

Russian Federation, Moscow
December 17, 2019 at 21:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

Moscow Zoo welcomed its newest arrival in November, a baby African antelope. The tiny male calf, belonging to a species known as Kirk’s dik-dik, which is one of the smallest antelopes in the world, was officially presented at the zoo on Tuesday.

The baby antelope weighed only 477 grams (1 lbs) at birth, but has since already more than doubled in size in less than a month.

“Now he drinks only his mother's milk, every three hours his mother comes to feed him. The rest of the time he hides,” explained Roman Anoshin, scientific secretary of the zoo.

Anoshin also told that the antelopes got their name from the whistling sound they make through their nose when frightened, which sounds like ‘dik-dik’.

The Moscow Zoo currently has six Kirk’s dik-dik antelopes.

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Moscow Zoo welcomed its newest arrival in November, a baby African antelope. The tiny male calf, belonging to a species known as Kirk’s dik-dik, which is one of the smallest antelopes in the world, was officially presented at the zoo on Tuesday.

The baby antelope weighed only 477 grams (1 lbs) at birth, but has since already more than doubled in size in less than a month.

“Now he drinks only his mother's milk, every three hours his mother comes to feed him. The rest of the time he hides,” explained Roman Anoshin, scientific secretary of the zoo.

Anoshin also told that the antelopes got their name from the whistling sound they make through their nose when frightened, which sounds like ‘dik-dik’.

The Moscow Zoo currently has six Kirk’s dik-dik antelopes.

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