There are some new faces, paws, claws, and tails coming to the Assiniboine Park Zoo in the coming weeks.
"We were approached by the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society about finding a home for the snowy owls and red fox here within the Assiniboine Park Zoo," said Gary Lunsford, general curator at the zoo, in a press release. "We’re very happy that we were able to accommodate and bring the animals to Winnipeg."
Chris Enright, head of veterinary services at the zoo, said the owls and fox arrived early June.
The two new snowy owls and the red fox kit are currently in quarantine for a minimum of 30 days.
Quarantine is a process where zoo staff examine incoming animals to ensure they are healthy.
"We have to think about the other 1,200 animals in the zoo," said Enright.
Usually the animals are secluded for 30 days, but it can be longer.
"Especially reptiles," said Enright. "They are slow to show infection and disease."
Enright said after all the examinations, including blood tests and X-rays, if the animal is unwell the zoo will either treat it or send it back to where it came from.
Also in quarantine is a badger from a zoo in Ontario, said Enright. The zoo is no stranger to badgers, as it used to house them, but they had to be removed to make room for the Journey to Churchill expansions.
The two badgers are expected to go into their new enclosure in mid-July, said Enright.