Offspring may take on a much more literal meaning at Lincoln Park Zoo as they celebrate the first baby born this season.
The zoo announced the birth of a baby klipspringer, also known as “rock jumper,” a dwarf antelope found in central and eastern Africa.
Born March 30, the female klipspringer calf joins her sister Arya at the zoo. Both were bred as part of the Klipspringer Species Survival Program.
“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.”
Officials say the breed is so small they can even fit all four of their hooves on a Canadian dollar, approximately 36mm in diameter. The animal typically grows to reach an average of 24 pounds
The calf remains in need of around-the-clock care, but is expected to be featured in the zoo’s Regenstein African Journey exhibit.