Baby klipspringer at Lincoln Park Zoo gets a name

May 15, 2014|By Mick Swasko, @swasko | RedEye

Since "baby klipspringer" wasn't cute enough, Lincoln Park Zoo has given its tiny new calf a name. 

The six-week-old female klipspringer--a small African antelope--has been named "Asha," after a public poll was opened to pick a moniker for the calf. The name means "hope" in Swahili, the native language of the East African countries of Congo, Tanzania and Kenya, where the klipspringer resides in the wild. 

"Asha" got the most votes of the four names, which also included "Zuri" (pretty), "Amira" (princess) "Nadra" (special) and Bahiya (beautiful). 

Since its birth March 30, the zoo says the calf has tripled in size to 6.6 pounds, and drinks about four hand-fed bottles a day. 

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