Brookfield Zoo Euthanizes Tiny Antelope

Nancy Harty
February 21, 2019 - 7:07 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A tiny antelope born at the Brookfield Zoo on Valentine's Day has died. 

Medical staff euthanized Valentino on Tuesday after discovering a birth defect, the zoo's Vice President of Clinical Medicine, Dr. Michael Adkesson, told WBBM Newsradio.

Staffers noticed the 1.5-pound African dik dik was having a problem swallowing while they were handling it, as they do with newborns of the species to get them used to humans, he said.

While Valentino initially appeared to be healthy, Adkesson said vets noticed a problem with him taking a bottle.

He says a fuller examination under anesthesia confirmed the birth defect that was too severe to be fixed with surgery, so they put down Valentino.

Brookfield has four other dik diks; the next youngest is about six months old.