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Unusual animals: What is it?

It's an eastern bongo! A herbivorous, mostly nocturnal forest ungulate (hoofed animal) and among the largest of the African forest antelope species. The Dublin Zoo is celebrating her birth, which is very significant because the young female is part of a highly endangered species. According to the Dublin Zoo,  only between 75 and 140 eastern bongos exist in the wild.Bongos are characterized

It's an eastern bongo! A herbivorous, mostly nocturnal forest ungulate (hoofed animal) and among the largest of the African forest antelope species. 

The Dublin Zoo is celebrating her birth, which is very significant because the young female is part of a highly endangered species. According to the Dublin Zoo,  only between 75 and 140 eastern bongos exist in the wild.

Bongos are characterized by a striking reddish-brown coat, black and white markings, white-yellow stripes and long, slightly spiraled horns.

The bongo was born to parents Kimba and Sam and weighed around 44 pounds at birth.

Zookeeper Helen Clarke-Bennett, said, “We are thrilled with the arrival of the bongo calf. There is so few of them left in the wild that successful breeding is essential to the survival of this beautiful species.

 “The youngster is fit but still quite shy; she has big ears which look out of proportion on her small body but she will grow into them. She is already showing signs of liking spinach which also a favorite snack of both her mother and grandmother.”