Rejected dik-dik hand-reared at zoo

Keepers at Chester Zoo have stepped in to raise a young antelope dik-dik after it was rejected by its mother.

Aluna the Kirk's dik-dik antelope was born two weeks ago but was unable to bond with her mother.

The youngster is bottle fed five times a day Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

It is the second time keepers ta the zoo have had to hand-rear a young dik-dik after a female new born was rejected in 2010 - possibly due to cold weather.

Fully grown dik-diks reach 30-40cm in height to the shoulder Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The species is native to Kenya, Tanzania, and Namibia and arrived at the zoo in 2008.

The youngster will be bottle fed milk five times a day until it can eat on its own.

Curator of Mammals at Chester Zoo Tim Rowlands at home, hand-rearing a baby dik-dik which was abandoned by its mother. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire