When a baby Blesbok born this summer at Spain's Bioparc Valencia wasn't able to get enough milk from its mother, zoo keepers stepped in to offer bottle-feedings to get the calf off to a strong start.
The little calf gulps down his bottles quickly and cooperates well at feeding time.
Photo Credit: Bioparc Valencia
Blesbok are a type of antelope that live on the plains and grasslands of South Africa, preferably near water. They live in herds, grazing on grasses and following the seasonal rains.
Centuries ago, Blesbok herds stretched for miles across the grasslands, but they were hunted to near extinction in the late 1800s. After hunting regulations were enacted, Blesbok numbers strongly rebounded and they are no longer threatened with extinction.
The name “Blesbok” is derived from the Afrikaans word for “blazed antelope,” a reference to the prominent white blaze on the faces of adults.
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