Science: First Baby Okapi

The Vincennes Zoo, Paris, let it be known last week that Ebola, a female infant okapi—a rare, sawed-off semigi-raffe from the Belgian Congo rain forest —had lived three weeks so far without untoward incident. This is big zoo news; other okapis have been born in captivity, but Ebola is the first to survive so long. Assistant Director Paul Vullier explains that female okapis suffer in captivity from "deviation of maternal instinct." If they do not starve their infants by refusing to let them suckle, they trample them to death. And what pushes them into their fiercest outbursts of antimaternal deviation is...

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