Baby Takin Makes His Mark at San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo has the most successful breeding program of Sichuan Takins in U.S.

By R. Stickney
|  Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013  |  Updated 12:51 PM PDT
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Two-week old Linshuh is the 54th takin born at the San Diego Zoo. This is video of the new addition provided by the zoo. Photo by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.

Two-week old Linshuh is the 54th takin born at the San Diego Zoo. This is video of the new addition provided by the zoo. Photo by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.

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A birth at the San Diego Zoo marked a milestone for an animal considered threatened in its native land.

Linshuh, a two-week-old Sichuan Takin calf, took his first climb Tuesday at the San Diego Zoo.

Linshuh, whose name means "silver snake" in Mandarin, was born on Feb. 2.

Weighing around 19 pound, the animal is described as a goat-antelope with split hooves.

Like the panda, takins are considered national treasures in China.

Unfortunately, their numbers are decreasing in the wild because of farming, mining, and logging operations.

In 1989, the first Sichuan Takin born outside China was born here in San Diego.

Linshuh now represents the 54th Takin born at the zoo that boasts the most successful breeding program of Sichuan Takins in the U.S.

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