Houston Zoo announces the births of a slew of new animals on site

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Published 4:01 pm, Monday, July 3, 2017

In the month of June alone the Houston Zoo reports that they had a slew of new births on site, including a California sea lion pup, two red river hogs, a set of five white blotched river stingrays, two Palawan peacock-pheasant chicks, and ten African bush vipers.

The Houston Zoo is still awaiting the birth of a baby elephant, previously announced in late June.

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First-time mom Cali give birth to a sea lion pub last week on June 26. The sex is still unknown and mother and child are still bonding behind the scenes.

This is the second sea lion pup to be born at the Houston Zoo in the past 12 months.

The next day two red river hogs made their debuts. The hogs and their family share the same habitat with the gorillas at the Houston Zoo so they will be rather visible to patrons.

The fever of five white blotched river stingrays were born on June 18 in the zoo’s aquarium exhibit. The stingrays are born with unique spots on their backs, hence the name.

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Those two Palawan peacock-pheasant chicks can be seen inside the Birds of the World habitat accompanied usually by their mother.

Fans of tiny snakes will appreciate the 10 African bush vipers were born on June 11 at the zoo’s Reptile and Amphibian House. Though they are rather wee now they will grow to be nearly two feet long a piece.

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