An orphaned Kirk’s dik-dik antelope has become Chester Zoo’s newest arrival. The 19 centimetre tall baby lost his mother soon after his birth on Sunday 8 January and zookeepers have become his carers.
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Named Thanos, the precious calf is doing well with five bottle feeds a day until he is old enough to eat on his own.
They take their name from Sir John Kirk, a 19th Century Scottish naturalist, as well as the sound they make when fleeing from danger.
The biggest threat to dik-diks living in the wild is humans, who use snares to trap the animals, then turn their skins into suede for gloves, and their bones for jewelry.