October 13, 2009

Dama Gazelle, originally uploaded by Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

How cute is today’s photo? It’s of a female dama gazelle calf who was born Friday, Oct. 2, at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo! The Zoo reports that the calf weighed 11 pounds at birth, and that she has been observed nursing, grooming, and galloping—all good signs!

Fromthe Smithsonian’s National Zoo information:
“This birth is very significant for the dama gazelle population. The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Red List of Threatened Species lists the dama gazelle as critically endangered. The Species Survival Plan currently manages 120 dama gazelles in the United States. It is estimated that fewer than 500 remain in the wild and are under constant threat due to hunting and poaching.”

You can see the baby gazelle’s whole set of photos so far here.

Enjoy today’s photo! If you like the photo, please drop a comment to the original photographer at Flickr.

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