Giant offspring at Leipzig zoo

The wave of newcomer reports from the Leipzig Zoo just never ends – and has now reached a new peak: There were now seven new mini additions to announce. The Darwin rheas in particular were busy this time.

Six little chicks hatched on June 11th in the nest of Nandu rooster Hannibal, as the zoo announced on Friday. The zoo has been trying for some time to provide offspring among the ratites. Now the efforts seem to have finally paid off.

Papa Hannibal is said to already take exemplary care of his protégés, who follow him everywhere. According to the zoo, a nandu rooster takes care of the young birds alone for about six months.

The hens are only responsible for laying the eggs. There was also a proud mum at the Kirk-Dikdiks in Gondwanaland. Female Adina gave birth to a female cub there on June 7th, which has already been given the name with « Darya ».

Particularly noteworthy: For Adina, it is said to be the 19th child that she has given birth to since the opening of Gondwanaland. Experienced and loving, she should already take care of her little daughter, who is still regularly in a safe hiding place.

« Typical behavior for offspring, » the zoo said. The kirk dik-diks, which are among the smallest antelopes, live together with the owl-faced monkeys in an enclosure in the African part of Gondwanaland.

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