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Zoo babies! LA Zoo welcomes the tiny endangered faces (and giant eyes) of 5 Peninsular pronghorns and others (Photos)

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The Los Angeles Zoo has been visited by some very fancy storks this year, and officials have announced a few of the collection's most notable births so far.

Earlier this month, five extremely endangered, extremely prance-y Peninsular Pronghorn babies were born — three mothers delivered two males and three females between April 3-9.

The speedy, even-toed ungulate is a rare creature. A native of Mexico's Baja California deserts, the species has been reduced to near extinction with fewer than 50 animals currently surviving in the wild, reports the Associated Press.

The zoo also reports that a male Sichuan Takin kid, a Coquerel's Sifaka Lemur, a Generuk and a Black Duiker have also been welcomed into the world.

Peninsular Pronghorns

According to the L.A. Zoo:

Pronghorn are the only surviving members of the family Antilocapridae, a group of hoofed animals that appeared in the Pleistocene age (10,000 to 1.8 million years ago). They occupy a niche between deer and goats, and are the only animals with branched horns (not antlers).

Says the San Diego Zoo:

Early travelers to America's West told of pronghorn herds dotting the plains...It was estimated that there were about 100 million pronghorn and 65 million bison, providing settlers with plenty of meat and hides...By 1920 there were only about 13,000 pronghorn left. Part of this major decline was due to hunting. Early settlers would tie handkerchiefs to poles and wave them in the air to attract curious pronghorn within gunshot range.

 

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