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No kidding: 5 more rare goats born at Miller Park Zoo

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BLOOMINGTON – The San Clemente Island goats at Miller Park Zoo are doing their bit to keep the rare breed alive.

Five more kids have been born at the zoo, in addition to four kids whose births were announced two weeks ago.

Marvel gave birth to a male and female on June 12. A day later, Breeze gave birth to a male. Natasha had a male and female on June 21. Natasha and Marvel both are first-time moms.

The new kids on the block (including those born a few weeks ago) are Woody, Buzz, Bo Peep, Rex, Jesse, Bullseye, Andy, Bonnie and Pork Chop.

“Having nine kids is significant because they are a critically rare breed, and makes the children’s zoo area that much more engaging. The Miller Park Zoo is invested in the long-term success of San Clemente Island goats,” zoo Director Jay Tetzloff said in a statement.

The goats are native to San Clemente Island, a Channel Island off the coast of California. The goats are critically rare heritage breed. The global population of San Clemente Island goats is around 700.

Miller Park Zoo has five females (Storm, Valencia, Natasha, Marvel and Breeze) and three males (Malcolm, who is the father of the kids, Nathan and Sean). The ages range from less than one year to eight years old.

The zoo was the first in Illinois to have a San Clemente Island goat born.

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Andy and Bonnie

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Jesse and Bullseye

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Pork Chop

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Rex and Bo Peep

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Woody and Buzz are among the goats recently born at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington.

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Two of the newest San Clemente Island goats at Miller Park Zoo.

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One of the newest San Clemente Island goats at Miller Park Zoo.

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Two of the newest San Clemente Island goats at Miller Park Zoo.

New at the zoo

Jenny hangs onto her mother, Breeze at the zoo. The rare animals come from a line that was evacuated off San Clemente island and are now experiencing a revival of sorts at U.S. zoos.

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