Photographer Sean Gordon took some outstanding photographs of Edmonton Valley Zoo's young Arctic fox pups last Tuesday. In the wild, Arctic fox litters typically comprise five to eight babies, although reports of as many as 25 kits in a single litter have been recorded. That would make for one massive puppy pile-on!
On February 1st, the Edmonton Valley Zoo welcomed a tiny baby squirrel monkey. For the next six to ten weeks, the curious but cautious baby will hitch a ride on its mom's and aunts' backs. Until the baby becomes a bit more independent and starts venturing out on its own, zoo staff cannot be sure whether the little ball of monkey is a boy or girl.
I would trade in every stuffed animal I have ever loved for 10 minutes with one of these little guys. The Edmonton Valley Zoo announced the birth of Tai and Pip on May 26th, 2008. Red Panda births are relatively rare in North America, with only four newborns in 2007. Every cub is crucial to the conservation breeding program and these little guys will contribute to the effort to protect their species as well as delight visitors.
These little furballs will eventually grow-up to be even more colorful furballs.