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Unique Species Of Deer is Born at Akron Zoo for the First Time

The fawn is yet to be named
Elena Bell
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The Akron Zoo
The fawn is yet to be named

The Akron Zoo welcomed a unique deer species to the park last month.

The birth of a Siberian Musk deer, which is still unnamed, is a first for the zoo.  

Spokeswoman Elena Bell said the species is special to this area.

“They’re not a species that is really represented in a lot of zoos," she said. "It’s not an animal that you would think of when you visit the zoo, like the Cleveland Zoo doesn’t have them, the Columbus Zoo, so it’s really cool to be able to experience these unique animals.”

The zoo is preparing an exhibit for the fawn and expects the animal to debut within two weeks. 

The female fawn weighed 1 pound at birth.

This is the first time the zoo will feature a baby deer on exhibit.

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Tyler Thompson is a reporter and on-air host for 89.7 NPR News. Thompson, originally from northeast Ohio, has spent the last three years working as a Morning Edition host and reporter at NPR member station KDLG Public Radio and reporter at the Bristol Bay Times Newspaper in Dillingham, Alaska.