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Formosan serow from Taiwan has baby in China: Taipei Zoo

2012/09/17 20:19:23

Taipei, Sept. 17 (CNA) A Formosan serow that Taiwan gave to a Chinese zoo last year had a healthy female baby on Sept. 11, the Taipei Zoo said Monday.

This was the second time that the female serow, called Le Yangyang, gave birth since Taiwan sent her and a male serow to Liugongdao National Forest Park in Shandong Province in April 2011 as a gift to China after China gave Taiwan a pair of pandas in 2009.

Le Yangyang had a male baby in January, but it died five days after birth. This time, the newborn animal successfully stood up on her own two hours after being born and was breastfed for the first time two hours after that, according to a statement issued by the zoo.

Yu Chen-fang, director of the Taipei Zoo's veterinary division, flew to Shandong last week to help Chinese vets take care of the newborn animal, named Meimei.

Meimei weighed 2.12 kilograms and measured 28 centimeters tall and 53 cm long at birth, according to the statement.

Formosan serows, sometimes described as goat-antelopes and native to Taiwan, are listed as an endangered species. A female serow's pregnancy lasts five to six months.

A pair of Formosan sika deer were also shipped to Shandong with the serows last year and have given birth to two fawns, one male and one female.

(By Liu Chien-pang and Kendra Lin)