Baby Boom In Zoo With 8 Born In A Few Days

CENPublished: August 5, 201619 views
Published: August 5, 2016

A baby boom is taking place at a Zoo in Germany after no fewer than eight animals were born in just a few days.

The biggest surprise of all was the birth of a baby Chilean flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis) - the first flamingo to be born in 23 years at Leipzig Zoo.

Also on the same day, a dik-dik (Madoqua) was born and staff say it is already the ninth offspring of the small antelope species.

Another species of antelope, the sable antelope (Hippotragus niger) welcomed a new offspring on exactly the same day and a Zebra (Equus quagga) called Layla, 13, gave birth to her fourth foal.

A bonobo (Pan paniscus) mum called Lexi also brought a healthy young baby into the world before the birth of four geckos (Gekkota) brought the tally up the eight.

To add to the impressive score, an extremely rare Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) also welcomed an offspring just a few days prior.

Video footage of the three-year-old mother Mia shows her caring for her critically-endangered baby, who is being kept under high video surveillance.

The birth was gladly welcomed by zoo staff as there are only about 70 adult Amur leopards left in the wild today, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

And only a month ago, the Leipzig zoo also made headlines with the birth of a baby tapir (Tapirus) called Ketiga. The young tapir was named after the Malay name for "third" as he was the third offspring of its mother Laila.

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