AKRON, Ohio – The Akron Zoo recently welcomed a baby Siberian musk deer, the second fawn born at the zoo in less than a year.
The male fawn, named Little Bucky, was born on May 22 and weighed just under 2 pounds, the zoo said in a news release. As of Friday, Little Bucky weighs just over 4.75 pounds.
“Musk deer are small, weighing on average 15 to 35 pounds as adults,” zoo spokeswoman Elena Bell said. “They are known for their kangaroo-like faces and the large canine teeth on the males, which gives a fang-like appearance.”
Little Bucky was born to mom Anastasia and dad Vlad nearly one year after the birth of Bucky’s sister, Alina, who was the first musk deer born at the zoo. Alina has since moved to the San Diego Zoo, in accordance with breeding recommendations, Bell told cleveland.com.
Anastasia has been bonding with Little Bucky in a special indoor space while Vlad remains as the sole musk deer in the habitat. The mother and fawn will join the habitat once Little Bucky isn’t so little.
Siberian musk deer are vulnerable to extinction, the zoo said. Poachers hunt them for their musk glands, which are used in perfumes and traditional medicine.
The Akron Zoo participates in the Siberian Musk Deer Species Survival Plan, which works to establish a genetically-diverse population in zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.