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Baby Antelope at Chester Zoo is bottle fed
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Kola, one of the world's smallest breeds of Antelope is at Chester Zoo

A 20 cm high Antelope is being hand reared at Chester Zoo after being abandoned by her mother

Kola, who will eventually grow to 40cm in height, is the first Kirk's Dik-Dik Antelope to be born at Chester Zoo.

It's thought the cold weather suppressed the maternal instincts of Kola's mother who left her alone in the corner of their pen.

"She was shivering and cold, and obviously wasn't very well," says Helen Massey, Senior Keeper at Chester Zoo.

"She was all hunched up and in a bit of pain in her stomach."

"We had to go in there and get hold of her, she was very weak so didn't fight back at all.

"Then we had to warm her up and get some fluids in to her."

Kirk's Dik-Dik Antelopes are native to Kenya and Tanzania and are one of the smallest breeds of Antelopes in the world.

"She's doing much better now," Helen Massey says of Kola's health.

"We've had a few hiccups with her but she seems to be picking up and she's doing really well."




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