Bears At Helsinki Zoo Play In Snow After Waking Up From Hibernation VIDEO
This mother and daughter pair from the Helsinki Zoo in Finland recently woke up from hibernation and appeared delighted to find their enclosure blanketed Nicklas Lidstrom Jersey with fresh snow.
In the video you can see the bears frollick, paw at the piles of white stuff and have a friendly wrestle.
According to the zoo's YouTube description, the pair of brown bairs (or rushkeakarhu in Finnish) went into hibernation mode last November and typically wake up in early March. The two were very thirsty after awaking from their long winter nap and ate fruit like apples and pears before their appetite for meat returned.
The brown bear is Finland's national animal, although it can be found throughout much of the northern parts of North America, Europe and Russia. You can see last year's spring debut of the fuzzy family on the zoo's YouTube channel.
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Zoo Babies 2012In this photo provided by the San Diego Zoo, Riki san, a 14 week old clouded leopard at the San Diego Zoo, and his brother, Haui san, unseen, make their public debut at the San Diego Zoo Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. According to zookeepers, 13 pound Riki san, although larger than his brother Haui san, is the more timid cat and his coat pattern is darker and his rosettes more pronounced. The two male cubs arrived earlier this week from the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, where a very successful breeding program has helped to increase the population of this critically endangered species. at SeaWorld Orlando. The young calf's sex is unknown at this time, but it has been seen nursing and bonding with its mom, Starkey, both a good indication that the calf is doing well. This is Starkey's sixth birth. Park guests can see the pair at SeaWorld's Dolphin Nursery where pregnant dolphins, new mothers, their calves and experienced moms live together.
Zoo Babies 2012Snow Monkey Arrivals
The resident Japanese macaque (snow monkey) troop at the Highland Wildlife Park recently welcomed new arrivals when a trio of babies were born.
The three latest additions belong to mums Mang, Djangal and Angara. Still only 3 weeks old, the babies are staying close to their mums and it will be a while yet before they venture further on their own. (All three infants were born between the 21st and the 25th of April 2012)
There are now 21 Japanese macaques living at the Highland Wildlife Park.
Angara is the dominant female of the group, and also a first time mum, making her new arrival a very important addition to their social group. It will be a while yet before keepers are able to tell what sex the babies are, so they won't be named until then, but keepers are already noticing their different characters starting to come through, with one in particular being a little more boisterous than the others!
Japanese macaques are found throughout Japan, living in large troupes in woodland and sub tropical forests. Instantly recognisable due to their bright red faces and white fur, these primates are fully adapted to seasonal climate changes as temperatures in Japan can plummet to as low as 15C in the winter, making their Scottish Highland home ideal.
Zoo Babies 2012A new born orang utan baby looks like smiling while hanging on its mother at the zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. The little ape was born only three days ago on Friday. Mother Sexta is nearly 40 years old and nobody expected her to give birth at that age. Last time she was pregnant was 22 years ago. (Martin Meissner, AP)
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Zoo Babies 2012Baby Boom in the Highlands
Late spring www.officialhockeyauthentic.com/womens-youth-nicklas-lidstrom-authentic-jersey-c-1_147_148.html usually sees a spate of births at the Highland Wildlife Park, and we have recently welcomed four new arrivals to their new home in the Highlands.
The four new borns include a European elk calf, www.officialhockeyauthentic.com/womens-youth-pavel-datsyuk-authentic-jersey-c-1_147_150.html a Bukhara deer calf and two more European bison babies. The deer and bison youngsters are particularly welcome as both species are threatened in the wild.
First time European elk mum, Froja who was born at the Wildlife Park in 2010, is proving to be a perfect parent. Historically these impressive animals could be found in the Scottish Highlands, and this latest arrival is the 4th elk calf born at the Park since we started breeding this interesting species in 2009. It will be a little while longer before keepers will be able to sex this calf, who was born on 15th May, as it is keeping close to its protective new parent.
More experienced at the parenting game, the Bukhara deer welcomed another calf to the herd. This little youngster, who is doting mum Mariam's 3rd calf, was born on 26th May and is a female but she has yet to be named.
Following the birth of our first European bison calf, Glen Garry, on May 1st, a further two were born on the 26th and 31st of May. These three calves are the first offspring of our Irish born bull, Tomek, who arrived at the Park in July Pavel Datsyuk Jersey 2011
Douglas Richardson, Animal Collections Manager at the Highland Wildlife Park, said:
"As all of our animals are adapted to dealing with cold winters, late spring is usually when we start to see births from our hoofed mammals as they are generally very seasonal breeders. I am particularly pleased by the birth of a further two European bison calves as it is now looking like our new bull has justified his move from Ireland. The two latest bison mums are proving to be as protective of their calves as the mother of our first calf of the year. It is also gratifying to know that our herd is continuing to contribute to the European breeding programme for this endangered species, which we manage.
"The husbandry of European elk presents a number of difficulties, but the fact that first time mum Froja, who was also born at the Park, is proving to be an attentive parent indicates to us that we are caring for this demanding species in an appropriate way.
"Lastly, our adult Bukhara deer female has had their third healthy calf in as many years. Bigger than their red relatives, their young can be easily identified due to their much darker coat that is covered in bright white spots. Our group is the only breeding herd of Bukhara deer in the UK, and like the bison they are part of a European breeding programme, and we are proud to be able to continue to help grow the population of this threatened deer".
Photos should be credited to Jan Morse
Zoo Babies 2012A female baby bonobo was born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Tuesday morning to the delight of Zoo staff and volunteers. This is the 13th bonobo born at the Columbus Zoo since the Zoo received its first bonobos in 1990 in conjunction with the Species Survival Plan (SSP) for this endangered ape.