Sika deer gifted to China by Taiwan gives birth to fawn
CNATAIPEI--A Formosan sika deer, gifted to China by Taiwan as a goodwill ambassador, gave birth to a male fawn at a national park in Shandong Province, eastern China Aug. 2, according to Chinese media reports.
September 5, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Both the mother and baby are in good condition after the delivery, the reports said.
It is the third time Dian Dian has given birth in China since she was sent to the mainland with her mate, Fan Xing, April 16, 2011 as a token of Taiwan's appreciation for Beijing's gifts — two giant pandas — given in 2008.
At Shandong's Weihai Liugong Island National Park, Dian Dian produced two offspring — one male and one female — last year.
The Chinese reports cited the results of a health check Wednesday on the newborn as saying that three days after the birth, the fawn weighed 4.74 kg, and was 59 cm long and 39 cm high, all of which indicate normal development.
The fawn and the mother are thriving and the mother is looking after her offspring, the reports cited Liu Xiaoming, head of the forest park's medicine and scientific research department, as saying.
In addition to the pair of deer, Taiwan also gave a pair of Formosan serows to China in thanks for the two giant pandas.
The serows, named Xiyangyang and Leyangyang, are also being kept in the Liugong Island Forest Park. The Formosan serow is a goat-like animal native to Taiwan.