Mei Ling, a golden takin, is the newest resident at San Diego Zoo.
Mei Ling was born on the 14th of April to Bona and Zhao. An hour after her birth, the little calf used her wobbly legs to stand up.
Zookeepers are thrilled on her arrival. The reason is that this female calf is the first golden takin born in the Western Hemisphere.
The calf is getting more comfortable as the days pass by. She is seen playing around with her parents and learning to get her footing on rocky ground. The species is native to the Himalayas.
Tammy Batson, the wildlife caretaker says, “This is a species most people have never heard of, let alone seen. I have this theory: People don’t care about what they don’t know about. You can’t. If I can give you a reason to care, then you can make good decisions.”
Golden takins mostly feed on bits of bamboo and vegetation. Subsequently, they travel far and long, which they have adapted well to. Additionally, they have thick coats to keep them insulated in the cold environments.
In total, there are four different subspecies of takins. Hence, their coats range from shades of yellow to brown.
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have declared the species to be vulnerable.
China considers them a national treasure, so are the giant pandas.
Moreover, the little girl currently has a brown coat, which is usually for camouflaging purposes.
Once she crosses the six-month mark, Mei Ling will grow a distinct pair of horns of her own which curve backward.
The zoo talks about how the golden takins are most active at dusk and dawn. Whereas, the day goes by resting. Mei Ling’s routine is the same as the others. However at times, she will be jumping around her parents and head-butting them during the day.
Takins are related to sheep and look like very big sheep after all.