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Eastern bongo gives birth at Zoo Atlanta

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ATLANTA (AP) - Zoo Atlanta officials say an endangered eastern bongo has given birth to a male calf.

Zoo officials said in a statement Monday that the calf is the third to be born to 5-year-old Matilda and her 5-year-old mate, Tambo.

Officials say the calf and his parents will have time to bond with each other away from visitors before they're included in any zoo exhibits. Officials say wild bongos, which are an African antelope species, are known to hide their offspring early on to protect them from predators.

Zoo Atlanta officials say eastern bongos are native to Kenya, where habitat destruction and poaching pose threats to their survival.

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