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Songkhla Zoo has welcomed a new member of the family

Dec 20. 2019
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By THE NATION

A male albino Indian muntjac – which was born on December 9, Songkhla Zoo’s director, Chalermwut Kasetsomboon said on Thursday (December 19).

The baby muntjac is strong and healthy and being cared for by a team of veterinarians. “It’s still being breastfeed, as it’s too young eat other kinds of food” he said. “Its father was albino Indian muntjac while its mother was normal Indian muntjac”.

The first Indian muntjac for breeding at the zoo was given by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, the Queen Mother, after villager who caught it in a forest offered to Her Majesty. 

The first albino Indian muntjac produced its offspring later, and one of them was given to Songkhla Zoo.

Albino Indian muntjacs have the same characteristics as common Indian muntjac which is nocturnal animal and likely to live in solitary. During daytime, it hides in the shrubs. It moves swiftly and makes a sound like dog barking when it is frightened.

The Indian muntjac is found in Indonesia, Southern part of China, Sri Lanka, India, and all over Thailand and feeds on grass, leaves, and fruits. The average lifespan is 15 years.

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