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Posted: Sunday, June 5, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 11:27 am, Tue Jun 7, 2011.

Cuteness reigns at the Phoenix Zoo these days where the hoofstock collection has several new babies.

Three lambs - Dante, Mija and Rayen - were born on the Buttes that serve as home to the Desert Bighorn sheep. Hereford cow Izzy at Harmony Farm delivered twins Wendy and Mac, a rare occurrence for cows, which usually have just one calf. And, babies O'Neill, a Kirk's Dik Dik antelope, and Priya, a Mexican Red Brocket deer, are being raised with the help of the Animal Care Center. Eventually, O'Neill will return to his parents in the Dik Dik exhibit and Priya will rejoin the rest of her herd in the zoo's wetlands exhibit.

"The arrival of babies is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff which helps to carry on our message of conservation and to inspire people to care for the natural world," Bert Castro, CEO/President of the Arizona Zoological Society, said in a news release.

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