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Endangered Mishmi Takin Born at Zoo, Named “Hobbit”

by Amazing Planet staff

The Mishmi takin (Budorcas taxicolor taxicolor) herd at the Highland Wildlife Park in Scotland has welcomed a new arrival, a male calf called Hobbit, the zoo announced today (Aug. 1, 2012). Born to mother Cava and dad Raci, this Mishmi takin is the first calf to be reared in the Highland herd since 2010.

True to his name, the calf is easy to spot due to the gulf in size difference between him and the adults and his 2-year-old siblings. He also has a white band of hair across his forehead where his horns will eventually be. At just 20 days old, Hobbit is still staying close to mom, but has more recently been. exploring the enclosure solo. Takin calves can follow their mothers just one day after birth over a whole host of different terrain…

(read more: Our Amazing Planet)      (photos: Highland Wildlife Park)

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    Had never heard of these lovely animals before now, and I must say they seem to be pretty neat. They’re found in parts...
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    It’s a hobbit!
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