There’s one thing we have in common with all animals — and that’s procreation. It’s never an easy process, but it’s even harder for an okapi. Reason being, a female okapi is pregnant for a baby for 14 long months. But some manage to stay pregnant even beyond that.
That said, every okapi pregnancy should be celebrated. The animals are endangered, meaning that every new birth matters even more than usual. Moms only have one calf per birth. And since okapis are, unfortunately, popular for hunting, their population has declined.
Oni the okapi is being celebrated for giving birth to a healthy young girl named Ede. She was born on September 20. Oni was nearing her 16th month of pregnancy, so she was probably quite glad that the birth went flawlessly.
One of the cutest parts about the birth was Ede’s ability to walk. While a little shaky, she managed to figure it out rather quickly. “Ede is already a feisty young calf and has been bouncing happily around the stables, but Oni is keeping her in their cozy indoor dens until she feels Ede is ready to explore their lush outdoor paddocks,” wrote the London Zoo. “We can’t wait for our visitors to see the newest addition to the zoo family.”
The zoo also mentioned that based on the closures, they’re struggling to keep their facilities open. So hopefully, the birth of Ede brings along some great press and some willing donors. When you look at Ede, it’s hard not to fall in love with her.
Watch the video to check out the surprising birth, and to see Ede walk for one of the first times.
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