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Meet San Antonio’s Zoos Newest Addition: A Baby Duiker

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A baby duiker is busy exploring his new habitat

The little one was born on the 28th of June and already has a name, Viazi, which is Swahili for potato. His cuteness makes the name a perfect fit.

Baby duiker
(Image Source: Facebook/ San Antonio Zoo)

Stumpy and Kate have had four offspring in total. They have been doing a great job.

San Antonio Zoo located in Texas is excited about the birth of their newest addition. The species is native to sub-Saharan Africa.

The animal can be divided into two groups. Which is based on their habitats: forests or bush duikers. They are very shy and prefer to hide away under dense covers.

As for their appearance, they are commonly grey in color. Males have horns and thus can be told apart.  The forest-dwelling antelope grow up to be an average of 20 pounds.

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Their diets consist of leaves, bushes, fruits, pods, seeds, flowers, fungi, etc. They are among the very few antelopes who eat insects.

Females give birth after a gestation period of 6 months. They normally have one offspring, however, every once in a while it might be twins. After the 7 months mark, they are fully grown. Following this females can mate by the age of 8 to 9 months and have their own offspring once they turn one.

Mothers tend to hide in dense vegetation when they are close to giving birth. Initially, they also keep their lambs out of sight. Even though, newborns can run within 24 hours of being born.

Duikers are most active during the late afternoon and at night. They do not like sharing their space and are likely to chase off anyone of the same sex. Subsequently, they travel alone or in pairs. Whereas, they come together at times to gather fallen fruit.

duiker
(Image Source: Facebook/ San Antonio Zoo)

The species avoid open grassland without shelter.

Viazi has adapted well to her new habitat. The baby duiker is surely an important addition to San Antonio Zoo.

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