Rare breed of goat gives birth at Miller Park Zoo

By WEEK Reporter

Rare breed of goat gives birth at Miller Park Zoo

March 14, 2013 Updated Mar 14, 2013 at 9:23 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Miller Park Zoo announced Thursday that a rare breed of goat at the Miller Park Zoo is the latest animal to give birth at the facility.

Breeze, one of the Zoo’s San Clemente Goats, has given birth to a kid.

The goats are native to San Clemente Island, one of the Channel Islands off the coast of California. The goats are listed as a critically endangered heritage breed. The global population of San Clemente Island Goats is under 500.

Miller Park Zoo is home to five adult San Clemente Island Goats: four females- Bella, Valencia, Becca and Breeze- and one male, Poseidon. Each of the adults is one to three years old.

The kid born to Breeze is not the only goat to be born this spring. Valencia is also pregnant and expected to give birth soon.

The goat kid is a male and can be seen on exhibit in the Children’s Zoo.

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