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      Chehaw has new "wilde" addition to the park

      Both the mother and calf will be released into the Veldt exhibit Saturday morning. / Chehaw


      Chehaw is excited to announce the birth of a baby wildebeest in the African Veldt.

      The calf was born June 13 after a ten month gestation period. This is the second birth for this 14 year old mother.

      The first was born last May and is now almost indistinguishable from the other adults in the exhibit except for a slight size difference. Zoo staff is remaining hands-off with the pair and may not know the sex of the calf for some time.

      Both the mother and calf will be released into the Veldt exhibit Saturday morning. A calf can stand and run within minutes of birth; It immediately begins to follow its mother and stays close to her to avoid getting lost or killed by waiting predators. Within days, it can run fast enough to keep up with the adult herd.

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