Another Javan chevrolet in the Warsaw zoo. “Mouse Deer Babyboom”

Another Javan chevrolet in the Warsaw zoo.  "Mouse Deer Babyboom"

In mid-July, another mouse deer was born in the Municipal Zoo in Warsaw. Zoo staff announced the news on Monday, August 7.

Although the Warsaw mouse deer was born on June 15, the employees of the zoo in the capital withheld the announcement for several weeks. They wanted the animal to gain strength and confidence. This, however, was not a problem, the toddler stood on his own feet right after birth and is developing properly.

“Immediately after birth, he stood on his tiny legs and walked by his mother’s side. In the first days of life, the baby is addicted to his mother – he drinks only her milk” – emphasized the carers of the mouse deer family. They added that the parents take excellent care of their offspring.

Little mouse deer in the Warsaw zoo

“A small mouse deer, less than 10 centimeters high, is constantly learning about its surroundings and curiously looks around the nooks and crannies of its aviary. As an ungulate, it is quite independent” – the zoo employees assured.

Unfortunately, the sex of the young Javan chevrolet has not yet been checked, so we have not learned its name. The parents are Linda and Arnold, who – according to the reports of Internet users – are not idle in their efforts to have more children. It is therefore possible that in the coming years the Warsaw zoo will be filled with small mousedeer. “Mouse deer babyboom” – we read on social media.

Where can you find Warsaw mouse deer and what do we know about them?

As the authors of the Facebook profile of the Warsaw Zoo remind, Javanese chevrotains stay in one of the aviaries in the Aviary. They were placed there because the facility has the right parameters of temperature and humidity. The Warsaw Zoo has already shared some interesting facts about “this famous mouse deer” on social media.

“The chanterelle is one of the smallest ungulates in the world. Javan chevrolet weighs only 1.5 – 2 kg, and its limbs have a diameter comparable to the diameter of a pencil. (…) Due to the insufficient amount of data and the difficulty of observing this species in nature, it has a category – DD (Data Deficient) in the IUCN Red Book” – we read in the post on Facebook.

It has also been described that chanterelles have an interesting defense strategy in a situation where they feel threatened. To scare away the opponent, they help each other with sound signals. “They can make cries-like noises and hit the ground with their hooves at high speed (7 times per second) imitating a snare drum. When a shaft of light falls on them in the darkness, they freeze motionless.

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