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San Diego Zoo welcomes newborn okapi calf

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 00:50

Two-week-old okapi calf walks on its wobbly legs at the San Diego Zoo. Roselle Chen reports.

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A two-week-old okapi calf prances around the San Diego Zoo. Jackson was born on July 6th at 57 pounds (26 kg), and now weighs a healthy 80 pounds (36 kg). Although his primary source of nutrition comes from nursing, Jackson is curious about the plant life around him and has been imitating his mom, Ayana, mouthing at branches as she forages for food. While the okapi resembles a zebra with its striped skin, it's more closely related to the giraffe family. Its natural habitat are the dense, tropical mountain forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo. A noticeable okapi characteristic is their large ears, which allow them to hear low-frequency sounds that humans can't detect. The San Diego Zoo's conservation and science work reaches from the U.S. to international field programs on six continents.

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San Diego Zoo welcomes newborn okapi calf

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 00:50