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Amid fires, Santa Rosa wildlife preserve welcomes new addition named Tubbs

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Photo courtesy of Will Bucquoy Photo courtesy of Will Bucquoy
SONOMA, Calif. -

In the midst of devastation, a miracle is being celebrated at Santa Rosa's Safari West.  The California preserve covers nearly 400 acres of land and houses 1,000 exotic animals.

On Friday, Safari West announced the arrival of baby Tubbs, a newborn baby Nile lechwe. In a release, the preserve describes the animal as "An aquatic antelope found only in a small area of eastern Africa, Nile lechwe are endangered and every baby born is vitally important to the survival of the species."

Fire crews continue to battle the California blazes, Safari West says stories of heroism and generosity are giving them hope.

"It is easy to focus on the darkness in times of trouble but hopefully, stories like ours of a baby born in the midst of disaster, will remind us to see the light."

The preserve says repairs are already underway at Safari West following the fires, and they're hoping to welcome guests back to say hello to Tubbs as soon as possible.

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