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Bighorn sheep lamb newest addition at LA Zoo

On Monday, April 26, 2010, a female desert bighorn sheep was born at the Los Angeles Zoo. (The Los Angeles Zoo)

May 4, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Los Angeles Zoo announced the birth of a newborn bighorn sheep. The female lamb was born April 26 and is currently on exhibit with her parents in the North American part of the zoo.The desert bighorn sheep is considered threatened across its range, which includes high mountains and deserts of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.

The wild populations of the species are declining due to drought, predators, disease from domestic sheep and goats and their inability to move among mountain ranges because of human development.

As the sheep mature, they develop spiraled horns that make up about a third of their total body weight. Females have much smaller horns.

The sheep have excellent vision and hearing as well as a remarkable ability to climb rugged terrain.

The sheep can be seen in the local San Gabriel Mountains, although the herd populations have been impacted by the recent Station Fire.


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