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Lesser Kudu Calf Born on the Cincinnati Zoo

Neonate employees offering supportive look after new child 

CINCINNATI, OH (January 18, 2023) – A feminine lesser kudu calf was born Monday morning on the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Backyard. After vets and keepers noticed first-time mother Sabi’s interactions with the child, they intervened to verify it bought important vitamins and heat.  

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“We didn’t see nursing or a lot curiosity from first-time mother Sabi, so we stepped in and fed the calf,” stated Eric Byrd, zoological supervisor on the Cincinnati Zoo. “We had been additionally in a position to give the child plasma that had been collected from her mother and saved when she had a hoof process.  This may present passive switch of antibodies.” 

The objective remains to be to maintain the child together with her mother and the herd, however a short lived nursery has been arrange within the barn so the Zoo’s neonate employees can present supportive care.   

“She’s receiving six bottle feedings a day proper now and spending days together with her dam and the opposite feminine, Sabi’s mother Fjorda,” stated Byrd.  “The care staff will get day by day weights, socializes together with her, and makes positive that she stays protected with the adults.”  

Sabi is 2 years previous and got here to the Cincinnati Zoo in April of 2023 from the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory with Fjorda. Dad is 10-year-old Hobbes, a male that has been on the Cincinnati Zoo since 2017.   

Lesser kudu are sexually dimorphic with the males having a grey-brown disguise and horns, whereas females have a reddish-brown disguise and no horns. They’re at all times looking out for predators like lions and painted canine. There is no such thing as a mounted breeding season for lesser kudu so births happen all year long. Females attain sexual maturity at 15-18 months. Being pregnant lasts 7 to eight months and normally ends in the start of a single calf.  

The herd will stay behind the scenes throughout the chilly months.  The Zoo will submit updates on mother and child on its social channels. 

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