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There Is A 20-Centimetre Antelope At Chester Zoo

His name is Neo and he's very jumpy.

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This is Neo. He is a baby Kirk's dik-dik.

Neo is only 20cms small and he weighs 1.3kgs. That's because Kirk's dik-diks are one of the world's smallest antelope species.
Chester Zoo

Neo is only 20cms small and he weighs 1.3kgs. That's because Kirk's dik-diks are one of the world's smallest antelope species.

When Neo was born, he was very sad.

Dik-dik mothers don't always take to their young, and Neo didn't really hit it off with his.
Chester Zoo

Dik-dik mothers don't always take to their young, and Neo didn't really hit it off with his.

BUT DON'T WORRY, YOU GUYS. IT'S ALL OK.

Aluna, Neo's sister, was also rejected by her mum when she was born. So she drew on her own experiences and looked after her baby brother.
Chester Zoo

Aluna, Neo's sister, was also rejected by her mum when she was born. So she drew on her own experiences and looked after her baby brother.

Neo is still a bit nervous and jumpy around other dik-diks, but Aluna is teaching him to be brave.

"Aluna is dishing out lots of special care and attention and it’s helping him integrate into the wider family group," said zoo keeper Claire Mc Phee. "She’s helping him to settle in nicely and it’s lovely to see.”
Chester Zoo

"Aluna is dishing out lots of special care and attention and it’s helping him integrate into the wider family group," said zoo keeper Claire Mc Phee.

"She’s helping him to settle in nicely and it’s lovely to see.”

Neo is a very popular dik-dik.

He sometimes helps zoo keepers with work.
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He sometimes helps zoo keepers with work.

Soon, Neo will be brave enough to make his own friends at Chester Zoo.

But, for now, he can rely on Aluna, his big sis.
Chester Zoo

But, for now, he can rely on Aluna, his big sis.