Red River Zoo gets baby Sichuan takin

2006-04-14T19:00:00Z Red River Zoo gets baby Sichuan takin Bismarck Tribune
April 14, 2006 7:00 pm

FARGO (AP) - The Red River Zoo's newest resident is considered a national treasure by the Chinese government.

The baby Sichuan takin was born March 31. It is named Quanli, which in Mandarin Chinese means "with all one's strength."

Takins are an endangered species found in the mountains of the Sichuan province of China. They are commonly found in elevations as high as 16,000 feet.

Their diet mainly consists of apples, carrots, hay, tree limbs and branches, said Mike Schmidt, the zoo's animal collection manager.

Quanli weighs about 20 pounds. Males can grow to be 1,000 pounds, zoo Executive Director Paula Grimestad said.

North America has only 43 Sichuan takin in 11 zoos, Grimestad said. Quanli's mother and father are on breeding loan from the San Diego Zoo, and Quanli is the first takin the Red River Zoo owns.

After about two years, Quanli will leave the zoo to be paired with a female takin.

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