A SICHUAN TAKIN CALF WAS BORN IN OUR REPRODUCTION CENTER

04.08.2020
The female of the rare Sichuan takin was born at the Reproduction Center in late March. She has grown up and got stronger now, but still follows her mother everywhere. The conditions in the Reproduction Center for the rare animal species are as close to the natural ones as possible, and the employees try not to interfere with the upbringing of young animals.

 
“The calf was born strong and healthy. She weighed around 10 kilograms at birth. For this takin female, this is not the first offspring, she is an experienced mother: she accepted her baby very well, began to feed and protect her. She fed her with milk for 3-4 months, but the calf has grown up and eats "grown-up" food now, "said Svetlana Akulova, general director of the Moscow Zoo.

 
The father of the calf was no less caring. He still protects the family. He always watches over them, and if in his opinion the family is in danger, he begins to sniff fiercely and wave his horns. The mom also does not let strangers approach her calf.

 
In nature, from spring to autumn, takins feed on grass, leaves and branches of alpine flora. In winter, they eat needles and leaves of evergreens. In the Zoo, takins eat  
compound feed, alfalfa and branches, in winter - hay, in summer - fresh grass. And they are very fond of their special muesli.

Sichuan takins have been breeding at the Reproduction Center for 6 years in a row; the cubs either stay there or leave for other zoos. For instance, one of the takins moved to Berlin.

 
Takin lives in northeastern India, Tibet, Nepal and China. But this exact subspecies - the Sichuan takin - lives only in the Chinese province of Sichuan. It is listed in the Red Book as endangered.