Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Other BWC babies

Our Hedgehogs on display have recently had a litter of hogletts. When first born they are quite pink/purplish with very fine soft white spines, but it only takes a week or so for them to begin to look like miniature hedgehogs.

Not to be left out, out education team of hedgehogs "Gnasher" and "Holly" are also proud parents of some youngsters. They are housed off view to the public, but are frequent visitors to the afternoon keeper talk. Today, Gnasher is also doing his bit for conservation by helping out the local PTES team for one of their displays.

Another new mum is one of our polecats. Above you can see her two kits looking very healthy indeed. Polecats usually have about 5 or 6 in a litter, and can sometimes have up to double figures so 2 is quite small. however she is getting on a bit now, and has had many litters here in the past.

Her previous kits have gone onto a release programme to help the spread of polecats in Scotland, these two youngsters are more likely to go to another wildlife centre to help with the education and conservation of these smelly yet endearing animals.

Exciting updates on our other youngsters over the next few days... the Red Squirrel and Wildcat kittens!

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