This Baby Takin is Takin' His First Steps

02/11/2013

One of the world's strangest animals is the takin.  Takins look like they are part horse, part goat, and part bear.  

To me, they look like a creature out of the Star Wars universe.

Takins are actually large, shaggy goat-antelopes found in the Himalayas and western China.  They are well adapted for their cold, mountainous habitats.  They are listed as a vulnerable species due to habitat loss.

The San Diego Zoo recently debuted their newest takin, and boy, is he a cutie!  Check out the photos below and then head over to ZooBorns to see the rest.  

Takin baby
Takin family

Photos by Rita Pettita via Zooborns.  

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