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Your morning adorable: Red lechwe calf explores her snowy enclosure at England's Chester Zoo

December 29, 2010 | 12:03 pm

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At the Chester Zoo in northern England, a red lechwe calf named Astrid is becoming accustomed to the snow, despite the fact that her species hails from the swamplands and flood plains of Africa.

Astrid, who was born at the zoo earlier this month, is being hand-raised by keepers because her mother failed to properly care for her. (She even spent Christmas at the home of one of her keepers.)

There are several types of lechwe, a family of African antelope; another type is the also-darn-cute Nile lechwe. ("Lechwe" is the Bantu word for antelope.)

Astrid's species is well-adapted to life in the water; the lechwe is known for its swimming skills and ability to move about quickly in shallow water and mud. It tends to be less surefooted on solid ground than it is in the water, but Astrid seems to be getting along just fine.

See more photos of Astrid after the jump!

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-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo credit: Phil Noble / Reuters

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