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Eld's Deer Born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

  • A female Eld's Deer nuzzles her fawn

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va. is celebrating the birth of two male Eld's deer, an endangered species native to Myannmar. The first fawn, pictured here, was born Sept. 26 to 7-year-old mother Sherri and 6-year-old father Nam Tann. On Sept. 27, a second fawn was born to 5-year-old mother Iris and father Nam Tann. According to keepers, both fawns are doing well and continue to grow as expected. They weigh 18.7 pounds and 16.5 pounds, respectively. Currently, the SCBI facility houses 10 males and 14 female Eld's deer. There are less than 1,500 animals left in the wild as the result of habitat loss and hunting.

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Photo Credit: Dolores Reed, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

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