Thursday, April 24, 2008

Rare Chinese animal born at Minnesota Zoo

The Sichuan takin, an unusual-looking relative of the musk ox, looks like a small moose, climbs like a mountain goat, has short curved horns like a gnu, and snorts. Takin stand 3 to 4 feet tall. The animals eat grasses, shrubs, and leaves. They are able to stand on their hind legs and reach branches 10 feet off the ground. Takin are rare in North American zoos. Only 50 takin are found in 12 zoos in North America. The baby takin was born on exhibit Wednesday morning at the zoo. Zookeepers knew the animal was pregnant, but didn't know when the calf was going to be born. Source: StarTribune


Jan said...

They look like science fiction animals.

Unknown said...

Good call Jan! Ever see the movie called Dark Crystal?