A rare baby antelope has been born at Doncaster’s Yorkshire Wildlife Park – and has already become a smash hit with visitors.
The male Eland calf, who is being reared by his mum, is a valuable addition to the Branton visitor attraction as his birth has helped to establish a new line.
Mother Guvnor, two, was the first new blood to come into the UK for decades when she arrived from a Swedish zoo, while proud father Kross, also two, came to YWP from within the UK.
The baby was born on April 22 and has been thriving since and, although the new arrival hasn’t been named yet, his name will start with the letter F, like all animals born in 2013.
YWP’s Cheryl Williams said: “We are absolutely delighted by the birth. The calf is significant – his mum was the first new line to come to the UK in many years and this establishes new blood.
“He is already proving to be extremely popular with visitors as he finds his feet – he is going to be the star of the May Bank Holiday weekend.”
While he is small now, when he is fully-grown he is likely to be over seven feet tall – including his horns – and weigh a tonne.
The number of Eland antelope in the wild is being monitored constantly by conservation experts in Africa, where they are hunted for meat.