I took a few pictures last time I went to the zoo and since I haven’t seen any critters while walking Chester along the Red River much this year, I might as well spotlight one every once in awhile. Last year there were lots of duckling shots around this time and I’ve only seen them twice so far this year.
So, today I’ve got Kangaroos – mostly a big red male and then a couple of smaller ones who were on the move the whole time. I was glad to get a picture showing them in action.
I’m really not happy with the Assiniboine Park Zoo, having just found out that they released 2 black bear cubs into the wild, knowing that their chances of survival at 5 months of age is very low. A sanctuary was willing to take them and prepare them for release, but they decided it was better to let nature take its course. I don’t know why they took them in the first place and kept them alive, only to send them to their probable deaths.
We do not know what happened to the cub’s mothers, but there is a good chance that their disappearance was related to something that involved humans. The cubs were rescued by well-meaning people and turned over to the zoo with the idea that they would be released into the wild when they were ready and with a good possibility of survival. At 5 months of age, these cubs are still babies. I am sure they will be able to forage and find food, but they have been kept in a small cage while at the zoo and have not learned any survival skills. The zoo gives them a 50% chance of survival, but many expects say it is much lower than that.
You can read more on Makoon and the other unnamed cub here.
The zoo is building a huge facility on Polar Bear rescue and conservation, but feel that Black Bears should be discarded. 😦
So far on Africam today we have seen our Cheetah, Salome and her cubs, Elephant, Leopard, Wildebeest, Woolly-necked Stork, Nyala, Waterbuck, African Black Ducks, Egyptian Geese, Giraffe, Red Duiker and Common Duiker. Click here to see all of today’s pictures.