Apollo (oryx)

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Apollo (later Tony) was an East African oryx (Oryx beisa) formerly exhibited at the Birmingham Zoo. He was purchased in 1961 from Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo for $1,000, which had been raised by selling two Siberian tiger cubs the previous year. He stood about three and a half-feet tall with prominent dark markings on his face and long, straight horns.

In 1962 he and his mate, Aphrodite, gave birth to a calf, Tuseven.

According to a news article, Apollo's name seemed too "noble" for an animal that seemed to spend most of its time ramming its head into the fence and breaking its narrow, spear-like horns. Keepers came to refer to him as "Tony" instead.

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