A rare Somali wild donkey has been born at a zoo in Chile, the fourth specimen of the endangered species to be born in the South American country, the zoo owner said.
The cub, named Julieta, was born in a private zoo on June 19, said Ignacio Idalsoaga, a veterinarian and founder of the zoo.
With white, striped legs resembling a zebra, the Somali wild donkey is critically endangered in its native East Africa.
There are less than 200 left in the wild, and a similar number in captivity. Seven of the latter are in South America, all at the Buin Zoo in Santiago, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Hunting and breeding of the common domestic donkey has reduced the population of this animal to the point of placing it at the critical level of extinction, the last category on the IUCN register before extinction.
“In non-traditional medicine, their bones are used in soup that is said to cure rheumatism, tuberculosis, although this has not been scientifically proven,” said Idalsoaga, the founder of the zoo.
Females can only have young approximately every two years, and donkeys live for about 30 years and weigh about 250 kilos (550 lbs).
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