Surprise Bouncing Baby Birth at Oakland Zoo

June arrival brings Eland population to four

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    Oakland Zoo
    Oakland Zoo welcomes bouncing baby eland

    The Oakland Zoo has a new bouncing baby boy.

    A baby eland born on June 22. He is the second eland born at the zoo to two mother elands the zoo didn't know were pregnant when they arrived from the San Diego Zoo.

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    An eland is the largest and slowest of the African antelope. They are the most common animal depicted in early East African cave art, according to the African Wildlife Foundation. They can grow up to 70 inches tall and weigh 1,300 to 1,500 pounds and live as long as 20 years.

    The baby eland, who is named Kairu, will begin to meet the public daily from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    This is the second time the Oakland Zoo got a surprise arrival. The other eland went into surprise labor in late April, prompting NBC Bay Area to investigate the possibility of an immaculate conception.