- Associated Press - Friday, June 30, 2017

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The first fawn has been born to a small herd of Barasingha (bare-uh-SIN-guh) deer at the zoo in New Orleans. The medium-sized deer are native to India and Nepal and also are called “swamp deer.”

The Audubon Zoo says the male fawn was born June 9. Asian Domaine assistant curator Mandy Turnbull says he still spends most of his time curled up in patches of plants around the yard, but does explore and interact with other deer.

Zoo spokesman Frank Donze (DON-zee) says in a news release that the herd now has two males and four females.

The species is considered vulnerable because fewer than 6,000 are believed to live in the wild.

Tigers are their biggest predators, but their biggest threats are loss of habitat and poaching.

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