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  Lioness adopts third baby oryx
Updated 02 April 2002, 11.32
A lioness
A lioness in Kenya has amazed animal experts by adopting her third baby oryx in as many months.

An oryx - a type of small antelope - would normally be a tasty meal for a lion, but this lioness has taken to looking after them as if they were her own.

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The first baby oryx was spotted in the care of lioness last December, but it was eaten by other lions after a few weeks.

The lioness and a baby oryx

Another oryx calf was taken away from her in February and put in a zoo because it looked like it might starve.

Now she's adopted a third baby in the wildlife park.

The chief game warden said: "We are baffled. We do not know what to do with this third oryx."

Very protective

The lioness is said to be very protective of her new baby, becoming very angry if a human tries to go near.

Three adult oryxes have been seen near the unlikely pair - one of which is believed to be the calf's mother.

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