Musk deer born at the Akron Zoo


The Akron Zoo recently welcomed a Siberian musk deer fawn. The fawn, a male named Little Bucky, was born on May 22. Little Bucky is currently with mom, Anastasia, in their indoor bedroom. Father, Vlad, remains in the musk deer habitat daily. 

This is the second fawn born at the Akron Zoo. Last summer, a female fawn named Alina was born to Anastasia and Vlad. 

Little Bucky currently weighs in at just over 4 ¾ pounds. At birth, he weighed 1 ¾ pounds. Musk deer are small, weighing on average 15 to 35 pounds as adults. They are known for their kangaroo-like faces and the large canine teeth on the males, which gives a fang-like appearance.  

Siberian musk deer are currently vulnerable to extinction due to poachers hunting them for their musk glands to use in perfumes and traditional medicine. The Akron Zoo participates in the Siberian Musk Deer Species Survival Plan (SSP), working to establish a genetically-diverse population in zoos that are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).