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Zoo babies

San Antonio Zoo welcomes newborns
Written by , published June 27, 2014 Photographs by San Antonio Zoo

It's baby season at the San Antonio Zoo. Yesterday, zoo officials announced the birth of two warthog piglets on June 14, and a female blue duiker calf was born on June 21.

warthogsThe warthogs - one male, one female - were born after a 172-day pregnancy by their mother Sekini, who keeps close guard over the infants. Dad, "Nikki," whose presence in their habitat might prove disruptive to their rearing, lives in the exhibit next door.

Warthogs are wild members of the pig family and are found in grassland, savanna, and woodland in sub-Saharan Africa.

The newborns have yet to be named.

blueduikerA baby blue duiker calf, among the smallest of the antelopes, weighed less than a pound at her birth. Appropriately, she was named 'Kibibi,' which means "little lady" in Swahili. Even adult blue duikers weigh no more than 9 to 13 lbs.

They inhabit forested areas throughout eastern, central and southern Africa. In spite of their small size blue duiker calves are able to run within 20 minutes of birth, but typically members of this species will freeze at the slightest sense of danger.

"Kibibi" is not yet on exhibit.

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