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Mishmi Takin Calf Born at Highland Wildlife Park

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Pictured: The Takin calf being weighed at Highland Wildlife Park. (Picture by RZSS)

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland is celebrating the birth of a Mishmi takin calf, born to mum Chimi and dad Jorge at Highland Wildlife Park in March.

Staff at the wildlife conservation charity say the two-week-old male calf will be named in the coming weeks.

Debbie Barclay, hoofstock keeper at Highland Wildlife Park, said:

“Our newest arrival is doing well so far but the first few weeks are crucial.

“He will be named after a Game of Thrones character, in a tradition we started seven years ago because lots of the keepers were fans of the show.

“In the past we have named calves Mountain, Drogo and Arya.

“We are all really excited about our new arrival and it is fantastic to be able to welcome local visitors to meet him too.”

Mishmi takin are one of the largest goat-antelope species in the world, native to India, Myanmar and China.

It is believed the legend of the golden fleece was inspired by their golden coat.

Highland Wildlife Park recently reopened to Highland Council residents, with a host of added safety measures.

Visitors hoping to spot the new arrival must pre-book tickets before their visit and can do so by clicking here

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