Baby gaur calf born at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo to half-a-tonne mother
PUBLISHED: 13:30 20 October 2016 | UPDATED: 13:30 20 October 2016
Her mum may weigh in at half a tonne, but gaur calf Miumiu is no heavier than a labrador.
The baby gaur, whose name means ‘beautiful’, was born to mum Mia at Whipsnade Zoo in the early hours of October 11, and although yet to have her first health check, keepers estimate she is standing at just over 60cm tall and weighs around 35kg.
After keeping a doting eye on the calf in the few hours following her birth, zookeepers were delighted to observe the newborn – under the watchful gaze of her mother – take her first wobbly steps.
Miumiu is an important addition to the European endangered species breeding programme, and brings the herd of gaur - the world’s heaviest cattle - to five.
Zookeeper Donovan Glyn said: “The new gaur calf is doing really well and making steady progress - which we’re so pleased to see.
“Miumiu was quick to take her first few steps and despite being a bit wobbly initially she is getting more confident on her feet by the day, with the odd helpful nudge from mum.
“We are very excited to watch her grow as large as her mum and the rest of the gaur herd at the zoo.”
Gaur, also known as seladang or Indian bison, are classified by the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species as Vulnerable and due to threats including hunting and habitat destruction, the species’ population is in decline.
Visitors to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo can see the new gaur calf and the rest of the herd this October half term.