Time for a Sichuan takin update! Mengyao and Xing Fu, the two boys born last January 31 and February 9, now sport 3–4-inch horns, lighter coats and are about halfway to their full-grown weight (which can be as much as 700 pounds!).
Antelope & Zebra Area keeper staff report the two are most active in the early morning and late afternoon, when visitors can see them trotting about the herd’s yard and climbing on their big log. They graze alongside moms Jinse and Mei Li, and still occasionally head-butt dad Quanli, who gently tolerates their playful challenge until a single snort sends them scampering off.
The thick fur of this massive goat-antelope species is as well suited to Chicago’s winter weather as the high-altitude Himalayan mountain ranges where wild herds roam. So expect to see the kids out and about during your next zoo visit!
(Thanks to Zoological Manager Laszlo Szilagyi for this great portrait!)