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Sunday 30 April 2017

Bouncing baby bongo

Edel O'Connell

A SPINACH-loving shy little arrival is being quietly celebrated at Dublin Zoo.

The adorable bongo calf, born at Dublin Zoo's African Plains last month, is keeping a very low profile.

The female calf, born to parents Kimba and Sam, weighing 20kg, is a significant birth for Dublin Zoo as she provides an important boost to the international breeding programme for this highly endangered species.

Only between 75 and 140 eastern bongos exist in the wild. Bongos are members of the antelope family.

It is a natural instinct, in the wild, for newborn bongos to take cover as a way of protecting themselves from predators, so it is unlikely that visitors to Dublin Zoo will have spotted the calf.

Irish Independent

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