Dama Gazelle Born at National Zoo

He was born Wednesday in a zoo exhibit. Talk about being born famous.

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A Dama gazelle was born around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the gazelle exhibit at the National Zoo. Talk about being born famous.
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"A few extremely lucky Zoo visitors witnessed the young gazelle’s birth and first steps," the zoo said. We know, we know: Everyone else is asking themselves why they weren't there.
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The bouncing baby boy was born to mom Adara and dad Raul. Adara and her new little one will be off-exhibit for the next few weeks to give them time to bond. Our hearts = melted.
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The baby's birth is "very significant for the Dama gazelle population," the zoo says. It's also very significant for everyone in D.C., because this guy looks REALLY, REALLY CUTE.
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We just... can't go on. Too much cute.
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Now for the sad part: The species is critically endangered, and fewer than 500 are still in the wild.
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The new baby has a half-sister, born to Adara at the zoo in October 2009. No report if there's intense toddler jealousy yet.
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We're just gonna start knitting a couple pairs of blue baby booties.
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You can watch the baby's steps on video here.
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