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Lowry Park okapi to celebrate first Mother's Day

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Photo courtesy Lowry Park Zoo. Photo courtesy Lowry Park Zoo.
Photo courtesy Lowry Park Zoo. Photo courtesy Lowry Park Zoo.
Photo courtesy Lowry Park Zoo. Photo courtesy Lowry Park Zoo.
TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Ahead of Mother's Day weekend, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is celebrating one of its newest mothers. 'Betty,' an adult female okapi, is finally showing off her 4-month-old son Bahati.

Zoo officials say Bahati is just beginning to emerge from the newborn "nesting phase," a hiding behavior common and in the wild that provides protection from predators. He has grown from 64 pounds at birth on January 6, to more than 283 pounds in April.

Okapis are large hoofed mammals found in the rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo. They are considered a threatened species.

If you'd like to see Bahati, you may catch a brief glimpse of him in the zoo's Ituri Forest habitat area.

For Mother's Day weekend, moms get in to the zoo for free as long as they pay for at least one child admission.

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