The Golden Takin calf Mei Ling
Mei Ling with her mother at the San Diego Zoo. Image from Zoo video

The San Diego Zoo released photos and videos Friday of the first golden takin born in the Western Hemisphere.

The female calf, born last month, is named Mei Ling, which means “beautiful antelope” in Mandarin Chinese.

Golden takins are horned mammals related to sheep that have adapted to life in the high elevations of their native Himalayan mountain habitat.

The San Diego Zoo is the only place the animals can be seen in North America. They get their name from the golden hue of their thick, shaggy coats.

Visitors to the zoo’s Asian Passage should have no trouble viewing the young calf as she bonds with her mother and becomes familiar with the habitat. 

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.