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Sambar fawn born at Chittagong Zoo

The fawn is doing well under the care of its mother, said Dr Shuvo

Update : 30 Sep 2020, 08:12 PM

A sambar deer, a rare species of deer, gave birth to a fawn at Chittagong Zoo on Tuesday morning.

Confirming the matter, member secretary of Chittagong Zoo Executive Committee Ruhul Amin said that the number of sambar deer has risen to five with the arrival of the new guest at the menagerie.

Dr Shahadat Hossain Shuvo, Chittagong Zoo's acting curator and the veterinary surgeon told Dhaka Tribune that this is the first calf born to the sambar deer couple.

“The fawn is doing well under the care of its mother,” said Dr Shuvo.

The sambar, a large deer native to the Indian subcontinent, South China, and Southeast Asia, is listed as a vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List since 2008.

The main threats to the species include habitat loss due to deforestation, poaching for their beautiful antlers and meat. 

The sambar deer mate and reproduce all year-round but the breeding period peaks during the months of November and December.

The gestation period lasts around 8 months and usually, only one calf is born although occasionally twins are born.

The young deer are weaned at about 7 months of age and will remain with the mother until they reach about 2 years of age.

Set up on February 28 in 1989, the zoo, run by Chittagong district administration, is located on about 2.5 hectares of hilly terrain in the city’s Foy’s Lake area.

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