Potawatomi Zoo announces birth of second Sichuan takin

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The Potawatomi Zoo announced a second Sichuan takin kid has been born at the zoo.

The female kid was born April 12 at 10:30 a.m. to Yi-Liu and Krunk.

“It is exciting to have a second takin born this year,” said Josh Sisk, director of animal programs and education in a press release. “We’re thrilled to play a part in takin preservation. It will be so much fun to have these two female takin grow up together, and we hope the public enjoys coming to see them and learning more about this rare species.”

The zoo is holding a naming contest for the first takin kid. There are four boxes with names written on them near the takin habitat. You can put money in the box to vote for your favorite name. The name with the most money will be the takin's name.

The options are:

  • Patty, after a Zoo volunteer
  • Meili-Wei, meaning "beautiful danger"
  • Pengsong, meaning "fluffy"
  • Emei, the name of a mountain in the Sichuan province where takin live

All proceeds will be donated to Sichuan takin conservation.

The zoo plans to have a similar naming contest for the second takin kid.

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