BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore welcomed a feminine sitatunga calf to its rising herd on Thursday.
“We’re very comfortable to welcome June, born to Cricket earlier this month. This toddler didn’t seem to nurse as shortly as we hoped, however with some encouragement she did lastly get the hold of it. So, we’re very happy that she is prospering beneath the care of her mom, who was born right here in 2013,” said Erin Grimm, mammal assortment and conservation supervisor on the Zoo. “That is Cricket’s second offspring and as a confirmed mom she is displaying nice maternal instincts.”
The sitatunga is a species of antelope native to Central Africa. They dwell in swamps, marshes and flood plains. They’re susceptible to over-hunting and habitat loss, however usually are not labeled as threatened or endangered.
The zoo’s herd is made up of 10 sitatungas.
“For now Cricket and June will keep behind-the-scenes collectively,” stated Grimm. “Because the climate warms up we’ll make a willpower about once they could make their public debut outdoors within the Sitatunga Yard with the remainder of the herd.”