Springtime brought two new babies to the Virginia Zoo

NORFOLK — The Virginia Zoo is kicking off spring with two new babies — a bongo calf and porcupette were recently born and can soon be seen on exhibit, officials said in a news release.

A crested porcupine baby, called a porcupette, was born to parents Wilma and Flapjack on March 26, the second offspring for the parents.

Keepers call the baby, a female, Stompers, officials said.

She weighed just more than a pound at birth and is already starting to nibble on solid foods.

Mom and baby are expected to be off exhibit in the “ZooFarm” for another week or so while they bond and the exhibit is baby-proofed, they said.

Crested porcupines are native to various regions in Africa.

The species can grow up to 25 to 32 inches long and weigh from 25 – 32 pounds. There are no major threats to this species.

An Eastern bongo calf, a male, was born to mom Betty on April 5.

He weighed 48.5 pounds at birth, and is the seventh offspring for mom, Betty and fifth for father, Bob.

The calf, who keepers named Boomer, brings the herd total to eight, officials said.

Betty and new baby are out on exhibit with the rest of the herd and can be seen in their exhibit in the Africa – Okavango Delta at various times throughout the day, depending on weather conditions and their activity levels.

Bongos are large-bodied, relatively short-legged antelope with long spiraling horns that make one complete twist from base to tip.

Bongos inhabit lowland forest of Kenya.

To learn more about the animals at the Virginia Zoo, click here.

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