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A press release issued by the Executive Director of the zoo, Kumar Pushkar, said both the mother and the calf were healthy and the mother was taking good care of the calf.
This is the second birth in the last one year in the new enclosure created for the gaurs.
The gaurs had stopped breeding for almost two years, and to encourage them to breed, an enclosure was created for them, the release added.
The new enclosure housed one male gaur and two females. Subsequently, one of the females had given birth to a male calf last year.
With this, two more female gaurs have been shifted from the old enclosure, the press release added.
Mr. Pushkar said the zoo had been receiving worldwide recognition for successful breeding gaurs in captivity, as most of the zoos around the world had failed to breed gaurs, which is one of the endangered species.
The breeding of gaurs would facilitate exchange of animals with other zoos.
At present, the zoo houses five male and seven female gaurs, including the newborn calf, the release added.
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