In February, our curators came across a baby duiker in the grip of a Tawney eagle. Fortunately the eagle dropped the tiny antelope, and the team “swooped” in to the rescue.
Although taking the bottle was a struggle initially, thankfully this little one has now become fully (and enthusiastically) accustomed to it. The young duiker now consumes 45ml of milk, five times a day. At first each feed would take about an hour or more, but now the process is over within minutes! Hungry baby.
On the 3rd of April, curator Linri Janse van Resburg weighed the tiny little calf, and recorded a staggering 1.6kg!
We hope this baby will continue to grow into a strapping young buck – just like our Bokkie Bok Bok.