Meet Merle, The Maryland Zoo’s Newest Gazelle

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The 11-pound male calf was born Nov. 7 to his parents, Wren and Mukuru. The herd has grown to four.
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“This is Wren’s first baby and she is doing a great job caring for him,” said Erin Cantwell, mammal collection and conservation manager at the zoo, in a news release.
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The Addra is the largest and tallest gazelle species, the zoo said. It is native to Africa’s Sahara desert and critically endangered because of overhunting and loss of habitat.
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For the time being, visitors won't be able to see Merle due to cold weather. His public debut could come in the next couple of months, the zoo said.
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The calf was named Merle, which is French for blackbird. The other gazelles in the herd are also named after birds.
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The Maryland Zoo says Merle is healthy and bonding with his mom, Wren.
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We're pretty sure Merle is the cutest animal baby around.
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