ABILENE, TX –– The Abilene Zoo has welcomed its newest member last weekend, a baby steenbok!
According to the zoo, the new female steenbok is a species of antelope that is native to southern Africa.
The baby, who has not been named, was born under just two pounds and is currently under the care of the zoo's Animal Care team because she was born underweight and did not immediately begin nursing.
"We are going to ensure she is receiving the proper nutrition," said Dr. Stephanie Carle, Senior Veterinarian. “She is gaining weight and growing and we are pleased with her development.”
The baby steenbok is expected to be reunited with her mother in the new year.
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