The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is welcoming its newest arrival — a female sitatunga born on Sunday, November 1, 2009.
Named “Lela,” which means “dark-haired beauty” in Swahili, the calf weighs 11 pounds, and is strong and healthy. Her parents are five-year-old Jahari and ten-year-old Joanie. Joanie is an experienced mother, having given birth to two other calves at the Zoo in the past few years. She is very attentive to the calf’s needs and the two are just beginning to explore the exhibit together. Zoo visitors will be able to see Joanie and Lela in the next week or so (weather permitting) along with the rest of the herd.
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