In the Moscow zoo is growing Sichuan takin: what is that beast?
The baby name Ayu, and he has already settled among adult relatives.
May 30, 2019 at 15:21
It has been ten years in the walls of the Moscow zoo, the old territory lives a family of Sichuan takin – and not so long ago, there appeared another representative. Sichuan takin (lat. Budorcas taxicolor tibetana) is a rare of artiodactyls bovids. They have long hair Golden hue (now the Golden fleece!), a large head crowned by curved horns.
There are 4 subspecies of takin, but Sichuan found in European zoos most often. That is why the birth of each of the Sichuan Takin is a joy not only for the Moscow zoo, but for all who seek to preserve the “Golden bull”, brought in the Red book. The babies of these endangered animals appearing in the Moscow zoo, regularly travel to the collections of zoos around the world.
Now in a large aviary zoo live five takin: the head of the family by the name of Kraken (a character – wise good man), two females and two calves, one of which recently came to light, and the second was born last year.
(Video: Hope May and Natalia Nazarova)
Newborn baby takin named Ayu, and now it is growing under the supervision of mother Ru. The baby is steadily gaining weight (at birth, weighing 10 kg, is now the traveler has already reached 35 kg) and explores the world around him: playing with balls and other objects to learn to butt, attacking adults. Now he eats mostly breast milk, but will be happy trying and “adult” helpful supplements: willow and bamboo branches, hay, grass and special feed. But most of all he relished the sweet apples and muesli.
Experts note that despite his good-natured appearance (big eyes and mouth, leisurely gait), the takin, can be very aggressive when threatened.
In the wild takin occur in the mountainous regions of India, China, Nepal, Tibet, and also in the Eastern part of the Himalayas. The wild population of the species was decreasing annually, primarily due to the destruction of the feeding environment and the usual habitat of the animals. To protect the takin from the threat of extinction and to create a stable backup of their population for many years is the European Studbook (ESB). Among the participants, and the Moscow zoo, which with its task successfully and the proof of it is the baby Ayu, playing among the other dogs.
“Also a group of takin, consisting of a breeding pair and two cubs, and contains in the Centre of reproduction of rare species, where everyone can go on an excursion or as part of our exclusive eco-tours,” – said General Director of the Moscow zoo Svetlana Akulova.
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