Polish zoo captures rare mouse-deer birth on video

In this Thursday, June 4, 2020 photo provided by the Wroclaw Zoo a rare Philippine mouse-deer is hiding in a thicket at the Zoo in Wroclaw, Poland.  (AP)
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In this Thursday, June 4, 2020 photo provided by the Wroclaw Zoo a rare Philippine mouse-deer is hiding in a thicket at the Zoo in Wroclaw, Poland.
Philippine mouse-deer, born at Zoo Wroclaw, Poland on November 10, 2020 is seen in this undated photo. (Reuters)
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Updated 01 December 2020

Polish zoo captures rare mouse-deer birth on video

Polish zoo captures rare mouse-deer birth on video

WARSAW: A zoo in Poland says it’s the first to capture on video the birth of a rare Philippine mouse-deer and everyone’s hoping it’s a male so it can help the endangered species breed.
The night birth on Nov. 10 at 2:24 a.m. at the Zoo in Wroclaw was filmed by a camera in the stall. It has given experts some knowledge on the mouse-deer’s birth process and the first actions of a newborn, including that it begins to nurse quite quickly.
“It is a conservation milestone for this species,” the head of the Wroclaw Zoo, Radosław Ratajszczak was quoted as saying in a statement Tuesday.
The naturally reclusive new mouse-deer is hiding from view and experts have not been able yet to determine its sex. They are hoping it’s male, because among the 12 mouse-deer living in Europe’s zoos there is only one confirmed male, named Johnny English, in Wroclaw.
There are females in zoos in Chester, England, and in Rotterdam, in The Netherlands. That makes breeding difficult, given that the animals are very sensitive and experts are reluctant to make them travel.
The little-known Philippine mouse-deer is endemic only for the Filipino islands of Balabac, Bugsuc and Ramos. Their population is shrinking as they lose habitat to palm oil plantations, the Wroclaw Zoo said.


Lion cub Simba born in Singapore via artificial insemination

Lion cub Simba born in Singapore via artificial insemination
Updated 26 January 2021

Lion cub Simba born in Singapore via artificial insemination

Lion cub Simba born in Singapore via artificial insemination
  • It is rare for lions to be conceived through artificial insemination
  • Singapore’s new cub, named after the main character in Disney’s ‘The Lion King’

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Zoo has welcomed a lion cub named Simba to its animal kingdom following artificial insemination that officials said Tuesday was a first for the city-state.
It is rare for lions to be conceived through artificial insemination, with the procedure first carried out successfully in 2018 — resulting in two cubs in South Africa.
Lion populations in the wild have plummeted more than 40 percent over the past two decades, with about 23,000 to 39,000 mature animals left, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
It lists lions as vulnerable.
Singapore’s new cub, named after the main character in Disney’s “The Lion King,” was conceived with semen from an elderly African lion.
The father Mufasa, who also takes his name from the animated film, was in poor health and did not survive the procedure, the zoo said.
Simba, who was born in October, is being cared for by his mother Kayla and zookeepers, and is “healthy and inquisitive,” officials said.
A video showed Simba being fed from a bottle and playing with a ball.