Mesker Park Zoo Unveils Baby Takin to the Public

Published 05/07 2014 05:39PM

Updated 05/07 2014 05:40PM

Evansville's Mesker Park Zoo welcomes in a new furry-family member just in time for Mother's Day.

Their newest addition is Ching Lan. It's a baby Sichuan Takin, wich is similar to a goat or sheep. They originate from Tibet.

Ching Lan was born in early April but has only been on exhibit for a couple days. Her arrival came as a bit of a surprise for zookeepers, and they had to make plenty of adjustments.

"Just like a baby at home," said zookeeper Matt Gerbatsch, "we had to make sure everything was baby proof that there was nothing she could get stuck in. We wanted to make sure there was nothing she could hurt herself but still plenty of things for her to play with and have fun with."

The takin are a vulnerable species because of habitat destruction. They also aren't commonly found in zoos.

But you might have seem them in pop culture. The takin were used to model the "beast" character in the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast.

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