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Baby Boom at the Beardsley Zoo

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Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport is celebrating a baby boom of Red wolf pups that are considered to be an endangered species with only 100 red wolves living in their native habitat of South Carolina. These four red wolf pups, two males and two females are a welcome addition to the 200 red wolves kept in captivity for breeding purposes throughout the United States in order to protect and preserve this species.

The Zoo reports that the red wolf mother, "Salty" and wolf father, "Moose" are first time parents but have caught on to parenting perfectly and are very attentive to their pups. The red wolf pups were born on May 9 and weighted a mere 280 grams, nearly six weeks later, these healthy pups are now over four pounds each. As the pups grow, so does their curiosity; they are just beginning to explore the outside environment of their wolf den for short periods. The pups are expected to be weaned at eight or nine weeks and will reside at the Beardsley Zoo through the fall of 2014. The pups and their parents are in the exhibit next to the Mexican wolves.

In addition to the red wolf pups, the Zoo has also welcomed seven Guinea hog piglets (with six surviving) that were born on May 10. The piglets were all female and are not endangered. This is the second litter for mom "Olivia" and dad "Hampton, both are six years old and also produced a litter of piglets in 2013. Although when born weighing only a pound or two, Guinea hogs when fully grown will weigh between one-hundred and three-hundred pounds. Visitors to the Zoo will find the Guinea hogs playing in the New England Farmyard exhibit.

This weekend, on July 4, the Zoo is offering a Red, White and Blue Hunt from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Zoo goers will be challenged to find all the animals sporting patriotic colors such as the red wolf, white swans and blue poison dart frog! A highlight of the day will be a presentation on the American Bald Eagle.

The Zoo is also hosting a reptile show from July 2-17 that features all manner of creepy crawlers that live in the rainforest. Participants will learn how they live, see interesting artifacts and even have some direct contact with them.

The Beardsley Zoo is home to more than 300 animals and is Connecticut's only Zoo. The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


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