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Indianapolis Zoo welcomes baby kudu

The kudu calf, who has not yet been named, was 33.7 pounds at birth.
Credit: Indianapolis Zoo
The Indianapolis Zoo welcomed a baby kudu to the world on July 20, 2020.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Zoo family has grown a little bit bigger. JoJo, a greater kudu at the zoo gave birth to a 33.7-pound female calf on July 20. The calf is JoJo's sixth baby.

An experienced mother, JoJo gave birth in the early hours of the day, then had the calf cleaned and standing before zookeepers had arrived in the morning. The new kudu has not yet been named, but she is nursing well and following closely to mom.

Mom and baby have started to go outside where guests can see them in the Plains area of the zoo. JoJo's mother, Taraja, also is there.

Credit: Indianapolis Zoo
Mom, JoJo and her new calf at the Indianapolis Zoo.

Greater kudus are some of the largest species of antelope. Males can weigh up to 600 pounds, but females — like JoJo and her new calf — are much smaller, according to the zoo.

Their striped coats help them hide from predators in the African savanna.