THIS JUST IN: Baby Klopspanner… er, Kripsparkler… um, Cute Sproingy Thing

The Mesker Park Zoo in Evansville, Indiana is proud to welcome a new baby klupsprinkler… er, klipspringer. Meaning “rock jumper” in Afrikaans, the karpspanker is a relative of the antelope native to southern Africa. The new baby is one of about 30 kryptospelunkers in zoos across America.




  1. You crack me up, NTMTOM! I have no idea what this little one is, but I have a lot of names for what it is not. Whatever it is called, it is 100 percent adorable.

  2. The scientific name starts with Oreo. Dawwww

  3. Those huge eyes totally slay me. They remind me of the leucistic sugar glider.

  4. Dem ears!

  5. belphebe says:

    Inquiring minds want to know: would a kryptospelunker be searching caves for kryptonite?

    (And can I go sproinging with this baby when he/she does go searching?)

  6. sabrina rose says:

    Every backyard needs a karpspanker!

  7. What a cutie pie! But seriously, any anipal sproingy enough to have the word “springer” in its name really SHOULD come with video. Just sayin’…

    How do you say “Where’s Bea” in Afrikaans?

  8. I almost choked on my apple piece at “karpspanker”. Well done CO you’ve made my day 😀

  9. cellarmouse says:

    i bet this li’l guy springs mighty klips at a single bound…well, he will one day…

  10. victoreia says:

    Either that, or it lives in ice caves…..

  11. victoreia says:

    NTMTOM, you kill me! 😆 😆 😆

    (And who has a budget for proof-readers these days?)

  12. cellarmouse says:
  13. wee knobby tippytoe baby!

  14. Aww, he looks like claymation Rudolph!

  15. Little klipspringer is standing on his kliptoes

  16. Cecilia says:

    Yes, this little one is from my native land and is indeed a klipspringer.

    It’s adorable.

  17. Mary (the first) says:

    (Based on my observations, essentially no one!)

  18. Mamabear says:

    Ahhh, oh god! Help me! Hold me! What IS that?! *heart rate increases to 130 BPM* Why is it so cuuute?!! It’s leetle clenchy, hoof-y, cloven-y footed feets! *having trouble breathing* What?! I don’t understand! Please just hold me hand. *curls into fetal position* Why are its eyes so plink-y, shiny, mezmerizin’?!! What’s with the mouf?! Dear lord, the bitty teefers!! *starts sucking thumb* It’s looking into my very soul! Why?! *Ded of the qte*

    On a totally non-crazy note. Anyone else notice what looks like a shaved place on his neck? Had blood pulled perchance? No, wait, I’m thinking it’s so his leetle ascot fits better against the neck.

  19. victoreia says:

    Somebody get the Hello Kitty Defibrathingy! STAT!

  20. Robin Kiesel says:

    Thank you Cellarmouse! I especially like the one when he gets his bottle!

  21. Fird Birfle says:

    “Knobby knees!!! Knobby knees!!! Knobby knees!!!”

    *continues dancing & cavorting around the room*

  22. Fird Birfle says:

    To go along with the whole no-proofreader meme, the url for this defibrathingamajig pic (not the HK model, unfortunately), includes
    yet ANOTHER typo [note adjective about hospital patient] !!!

  23. ok. this one got an out loud chuckle!

  24. Fird Birfle says:

    *raises hand*

    *quickly scrawls out sign which reads “will proofread, for kittiez….”

    *shifty eyes*

  25. I know! All folded over and baby cute!

  26. I feel a major snorgle coming on.

  27. victoreia says:


  28. Theresa says:

    Oh, a Klurtzshproinker. 😛

  29. Theresa says:

    No, wait, a Klotzshplutzer.

  30. Theresa says:

    No, pardon me. Oh course *shuffling pages of Cute Critter Field Guide* it’s a Knopzshtoinkler! 🙄

  31. hahahahhahahaha!!!!

  32. Theresa says:

    Wait a minute, wait, I’m wrong again! It’s a Klirpshnickler!

  33. Oh Em Gee!!! The teef!

  34. Theresa says:

    Nay, every living room needs a klarpshpracker!

  35. re: the reverse soul-patch: enjoy the ascot-fitting theory, but likely where the ‘clip’ in ‘klippenschproinger’ comes from.

  36. Yay! They are adorable in motion.

  37. kibblenibble says:

    Hahaha NOMTOM and all the commentator peeps are en fuego today. Love you all.

  38. doomchild says:

    And every front yard needs a klupsprinkler! Nothing makes the grass green like klup, sprinkled evenly about by little hooves and moist nosies.

  39. Blushing .. says:

    No, that was my first husband.

  40. We have those right here on Table Mountain! They’re so tiny and sweet but very shy. They look just like real bokkies (antelope to yous folks) that have shrunk.

    It just occurred to me that we have lots of things with “spring” in the name: springbok (our national animal and rugby team), springkaan (grasshopper), springmielies (popcorn – “mielies” are what we call corn). I’m sure I’m forgetting lots :).

    Jo in Cape Town

  41. Alice Shortcake says:

    I’m not sure if that’s a grin or Baby’s First Snarl. A terrifying Crabsprinkler snarl.

  42. Kari Callin says:

    Being the youngest gifted member of the ballet company, many were in awe of her speed and technical ability to master being on pointe at so young an age!

  43. Crips-Punker. Its cuteness could reform gang-infested neighborhoods.

  44. His fur reminds me of Barney Fife’s salt-n-pepper suit! What a beautiful little thing.

  45. Andi from NC says:

    *immediately makes this kerp…splanky… whatever it is my new desktop image*

  46. Wait wait wait, you forgot the most precious fun fact ever! The little klipspringers are strictly monogamous and stay within a few feet of their mate at all times, taking turns eating and watching for predators. (Source: Zooborns)

  47. agreed, that was pretty funny 8D

  48. This naming debate puts me in mind of Eddie Izzard’s musings on Englebert Humperdinck, wish I knew how to add a vid!!

  49. I think you’ve got that confused with the Carpwhistler.

  50. That, or a Cowknicker.

  51. Try the next page: the Clowncobbler.

  52. We want to adopt him! So cute!
    Bella and DiDi

  53. Just like the Dik Diks that I saw in Arica, wee little creatures that stay with their mate. If you see one look carefully because its mate will be very close. I fell in love with those wee animals, they were my favourite of the whole trip.

  54. sunnylessmum says:

    Thank you Mike, you have no idea how much I needed that laugh!!!

  55. *shrieks* It’s so cute I can’t stand it!

  56. I will mate him with my Dik Dik and call it a Klip Dik or a Dik Klip or a Springer Dik or a Dik Springer, well you get it. I will create the cutest little toy, rock jumping cuteness on 4 legs.

  57. HAHA!

  58. and yet give him that porn name?
    *tisk tisk*

  59. athena's mom says:

    MMMPH! Trippy Trappy little hooveses! [steals tiny deer; lets go on hardwood floor; picks up, turns in other direction to hear it all overs again]

  60. victoreia says:

    *GIGGLES MADLY* I ❤ Eddie Izzard!

  61. Klodhopper?

  62. I will be available for babehsitting duties whenever you require.

  63. victoreia says:


  64. Saffron says:

    Exactly! He does not look real….

  65. Saffron says:

    Here it it..

    OMG I ❤ Eddie Izzard

    Might be NSFW….

  66. LisaLassie says:

    I almost choked without any food items on every non-name. Or would that be NOM name.

  67. LisaLassie says:

    I am here from Cute Overload Overlook to help you. See, this is what happens when regular people: er, cuteovloaders anyway, are subjected to TOO MUCH of Teh Cute. I shall hold your hand. I shall still your tremblinks. I shall take over your Cute Overload account so I have double the Cute. Purely in you best interests of course, dear Mamabear. There, there: feelinks better now?

  68. Theresa says:

    Doop doop de doop, just coming back to take another peek at the leetle Klorfshmuttchlers. 😛

  69. Theresa says:

    Jo, do a lot of things go jumping around where you live? 😀

  70. Love the onomatopoetic klippy-goat-gruff noises of ‘trip trap’!

  71. Eeeeeeeeek! The terror is unbearable.

  72. Need an XCU of the teeny toeshoe feet.

  73. 6Rabbits says:

    THAT is a clever ploy!

  74. Yeyyy! Thanks girlies 😀

  75. Fird Birfle says:

    don’t forget “lurkensproing” 🙂

  76. Well, we don’t have those jumping beans or any kangaroos :).