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Published on Aug 31, 2012
Get ready for some more stripes! Lincoln Park Zoo's Antelope & Zebra Area picked up a new set of parallel lines with the birth of a Grevy's zebra colt on August 23.
The new arrival, who's been named Kito (Swahili for "jewel") in a naming poll, debuted to the public in his outdoor yard today. He scampered about as 5-year-old mom Adia kept an eye on him while munching hay.
Kito is the second offspring for Adia and 6-year-old dad Clayton. The tiny trotter had been a long time coming, as the gestation period for the African species lasts more than a year. The ample development time leaves calves ready to move: they can stand within minutes of birth and run short distances within an hour, a useful adaptation for keeping up with their mothers on the plains.