WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- At the National Zoo, an everyday summer afternoon became a special event as a Dama gazelle named Adara gave birth around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Some very lucky Zoo visitors witnessed the birth because Dama and her mate Raul are on exhibit. Visitors saw the newborn gazelle take its first shaky steps under the watchful eye of its mother.
Adara, whose mate is Raul, will be taken off exhibit for the next few weeks to allow her to spend quiet time and bond with her new baby without distraction.
National Zoo spokesperson Jen Zoon reminds everyone that the birth of this baby gazelle is very significant for the Dama gazelle population.The Dama gazelle, with its distinctively slender long legs and pale, fine coat, is listed as a critically endangered species, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Red List of Threatened Species.
It is estimated that fewer than 500 remain in the wild, and those live under constant threat of hunting and poaching.
The new baby gazelle's gender hasn't been established, and no name bestowed yet.