Zookeepers Raise Orphaned Antelope That's Too Small to Be Weighed

"He may be tiny, but he is certainly making a big impression on everyone at the zoo," said zookeepers, of Thamos the newborn dik-dik.

Don't let his size fool you! Thanos, — the orphaned newborn antelope, may be small — but he's already surmounting big obstacles.

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The baby dik-dik stands at just 7.5 inches tall, and is still too light for its weight to be measured on an antelope scale. He is also still too young to feed himself.

Thanos lost his mother shortly after he was born, but zookeepers at the Chester Zoo are stepping up as the adopted parents of the orphaned antelope.

They take turns bottle feeding the tiny newborn five times a day.

"He is doing ever so well and is getting stronger by the day," said team manager Kim Wood, who is part of the group caring for Thanos. "He may be tiny, but he is certainly making a big impression on everyone at the zoo."

Keepers hope the newborn will be strong enough in the next few months to introduce him to the rest of the dik-dik herd living at the zoo.

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According to a press release, the species grows to a maximum of 16 inches, making them one of the smallest species of antelope in the world.

The species, native to North East Africa, is named after the sound they make when they are threatened, and mark their territory using fluid coming from their eyes, similar to tears.

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