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Take a break and look at Dublin Zoo's new baby bongo

You’re going to want one too.

DublinZoo_Bongo 004 Source: Patrick Bolger Photography

MEET DUBLIN ZOO’S latest arrival – a baby bongo.

Compared to the zoo’s previous past of newborns – piglets and lambs – it’s a little bit more exotic.

The critically endangered species of antelope is known for its striking red coat with black and white markings. There are less than 100 in the wild, in a remote part of Kenya.

DublinZoo_Bongo 002 Source: Patrick Bolger Photography

The calf, weighting 20kg, was born to first-time mother Nanjuki and father Hodari.

The unnamed baby bongo will be kept away from the public for a while, as newborns can be shy.

“We are delighted to report that we have a fine, healthy bongo calf who is feeding well and has already been introduced to its father,” team leader at Dublin Zoo, Helen Clarke-Bennett said.

We don’t know the gender of the calf as yet but first-time mum Nanyuki is proving an excellent mother.

DublinZoo_Bongo 001 (1) Source: Patrick Bolger Photography

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