Spring is in the air and we’re getting ready for babies!
Two Musk Oxen calves were born on the snow on April 14; a third musk ox calf was born April 18. They are growing and thriving! The oldest, Chugach, weighs 25.6 lbs, Kenai is 24.4 lbs and the youngest, Wrangell, is 26.2 lbs. They are currently being fed 6 times a day, by our tireless interns!
Their father, a bull named Bob, was acquired from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Large Animal Research Center last fall. When Bob arrived, he dominated the herd and likely sired all of this year’s calves. AWCC expects numerous calves throughout the spring, including elk and caribou.
The calves will be available for viewing by the public as soon as they are stable and able to rejoin the herd.
Our 2012 babies aren’t babies anymore!
We are a lot bigger than we look in the images below, but all the animals that came to the Center last year are doing well and thriving. We like to think that this past spring’s little ones are a preview of what we can look forward to in 2013, so have a look, and we’ll look forward to your visit!
AWCC currently has 2 moose calves that were orphaned last spring. One was taken in by the Center after being attacked by dogs in the Talkeetna area. He was stitched up by AWCC staff and is thriving. The other was orphaned with unknown reasons.
Sitka Black – Tail Deer Fawns
AWCC is also home to two Sitka deer, Solo and Leia. Solo, was taken in by a family in Southeast Alaska after he had wandered into their yard and was spending time with their dogs. Leia, was separated from her mother and twin while swimming in the Ketchikan area. With the help of our staff these fawns continue to do well and remain popular among the visitors!
The Center is saw the birth of around 40 Wood Bison calves last spring. These animals will be released into the wild as part of an extraordinary reintroduction effort! More on wood bison here!