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9:06 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Video: Baby Okapi Makes Saint Louis Zoo Debut

Umeme, a baby okapi born at the Saint Louis Zoo gives a little smile to the camera - or we think that's what that is.
(Kim Downey/Saint Louis Zoo)

The Saint Louis Zoo has released photos and video of one of its newest editions, a baby okapi named Umeme. 

The zoo says the name is Swahili for “lightning."

Umeme, a female, weighed in at just over 52 pounds when she was born on June 17. Okapis are also known as "forest giraffes" and the zoo says they're likely endangered in the wild due to hunting and political crises in their native area of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The zoo says the animals are one of the last mammals "discovered" by the scientific community, as the "discovery" came in 1901.