New ass born at Coloma's Deer Forest
Deer Forest is celebrating the birth of a newborn Indian Wild Ass.
The baby was born on Saturday just in time for Mother's Day.
It's a very endangered species with less than 2,000 left roaming in the wild and under 100 in captivity in the United States.
The director of Deer Forest Exotic Animal Sanctuary says mom and baby are on exhibit and can be viewed by guests.
Deer Forest is open weekends until Memorial Day and 7 days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
For more information on the park: http://www.deerforestexoticanimalsanctuary.com/
History on Indian Wild Ass:
In the last century, the Indian wild ass lived all over the dry regions of northwestern India and western Pakistan including Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Sind and Baluchistan.
Today, it survives only in the Little Rann, and a few stray towards the Great Rann of Kutch with some reaching bordering villages in the Jalore district of the Indian State of Rajasthan.
First census of the wild ass was done in 1940, when there were an estimated 3,500 wild asses. But, by the year 1960, this figure fell to just 362, it was then classified as a highly endangered species.
Populations are higher now in 2014, estimated to be around 2000. We are lucky enough to have had 2 at Deer Forest and now we have 3, thanks to a recent birth by our proud mama.
The WSBT Fact Finder team uncovered the USDA is investigating Deer Forest, but the federal agency won't say why. WSBT's Kelli Stopczynski looked into the park - including the man now running it with his wife and what he says is next for the park. Don't miss her Fact Finder Special Report scheduled to air Thursday at 6 and 11 on WSBT.