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Virginia Zoo welcomes newborn antelope

Friday - 4/27/2012, 7:54am  ET

blue duiker antelope (Courtesy of Virginia Zoo/Winfield Danielson)
The baby blue duiker explores its night house at the zoo. The little antelope is put inside at night to protect it from predators, such as owls, hawks and raccoons. (Courtesy of Virginia Zoo/Winfield Danielson)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Zoo is introducing its new tiny blue duiker antelope, Todd.

The Norfolk zoo says Todd was born last Saturday and weighs slightly more than 1 pound and is only a bit larger than a guinea pig. Todd is known to hide among the bamboo of the habitat he shares with his mother and father, Peanut and Cinco.

Blue duikers are indigenous to Central and South Africa. The nocturnal animals can weigh nearly 12 pounds and stand slightly less than 16 inches tall. "Duiker" is Dutch for "diver." When threatened, the animals use their long hind legs and short forelegs to dive into underbrush.


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