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Dwarf antelope dies at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo

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Associated Press

Officials of Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo say a female klipspringer calf named Asha unexpectedly died this week.

The zoo was chosen to breed klipspringers -- which are dwarf antelope found in central and eastern Africa -- as part of a species survival program. The calf was born in March and her mother was unable to provide adequate care. Zookeepers stepped in to provide around-the-clock care following her birth.

Officials say Asha had been thriving under the zoo's program. But a zookeeper on Wednesday found the calf unresponsive and rushed her to a veterinary hospital where she was confirmed dead. The cause of death is unknown.

A necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. Zoo officials say the results will likely take a couple of weeks.

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