Adorable new deer fawns born at Whipsnade Zoo near St Albans
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Extinct in the wild, the Père David’s deer has given birth to four fawns at Whipsnade Zoo near to St Albans, providing hope for their future conservation.
The tiny Père David’s fawns have been warmly welcomed into their paddock by the herd and their keepers.
All four have assimilated perfectly, despite one being underweight at birth, bonding in ‘crèches’ with adult females.
They can be seen in the 80-acre ‘Passage through Asia’ drive-through exhibit at Whipsnade Zoo.
In the wild, the Père David’s deer commonly inhabit the grasslands of China, but were declared extinct in the wild in 2008 on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.
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Zookeeper Graeme Williamson said: “The birth of an animal which is classified as extinct in the wild is clearly a special occasion.
“The fawn is doing really well and making the exact progress we would expect; she is quite literally coming on leaps and bounds and running around with the rest of the herd in their huge paddock.”
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