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    Default Kirk-dik-dik antelope hand-reared after mum abandoned her

    She was abandoned by her mother during the cold snap but she has since won the hearts of everyone who has met her.
    This tiny antelope, who is barely ten inches tall, is being bottle fed milk five times a day and will
    be given a helping hand until she is old enough to tuck into a diet of buds, shoots and fruits herself.
    Experts at Chester Zoo believe the icy weather may have put a chill on her mother's maternal instincts, leaving the keepers to step in.


    So small: This Kirk's dik-dik antelope is being hard-reared by staff at Chester Zoo after being abandoned

    The baby antelope is a Kirk's dik-dik, the first of her kind to be born in the zoo.
    Senior keeper Helen Massey has been playing mother to the new arrival.
    "Kirk's dik-dik is one of the smaller of the antelope species but what they lack in stature, they make up for in appeal," she said.
    "Our addition is growing stronger by the day and we hope she will be holding her own in the next few weeks."

    Mind the mouse: Chester Zoo's Tim Rowlands at the computer with his tiny companion looking on


    Feeding time: Zoo keeper Tim's hands dwarf his tiny charge as he gives her milk

    Native to Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia, the dik-dik gets its name from the noise it makes when running for cover. They can live for up to 10 years.
    The female's parents came from Colchester and Hanover zoos.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1245301/Kirk-dik-dik-antelope-hand-reared-Chester-Zoo-mum-abandoned-her.html#ixzz0dOxu6R8f

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    Oh my goodness, how sweet!!
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    how adorable!!! *faints*
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    Aww, how cute is she?
    Rock the fuck on!

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    Love her itty bitty heart! I want one!
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    She is so adorable!

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    gash she's small! precious thing

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    Gasp! So precious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    Love her itty bitty heart! I want one!
    Hey, that was my line! I hope Paris Hilton doesn't see this, she's shove that thing down her purse right away.
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    I want a herd of these roaming the lawn.

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