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Two snowy owls and a baby red fox, called a kit, will arrive Friday and make their new home at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.
The two owls, both female, and the 2 1/2-month-old male fox are coming from the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society where they had been living.
"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," Gary Lunsford, the Assiniboine Park Zoo general curator, said in a statement. "We’re very happy that we were able to accommodate and bring the animals to Winnipeg."
The animals will first undergo the standard 30-day quarantine process during which they cannot be viewed or photographed.
After that time period, the snowy owls will join the other six snowy owls in the existing exhibit. That exhibit will eventually be moved to the Journey to Churchill exhibit which is expected to be completed in the summer of 2014.
The red fox kit will get a space of its own but which enclosure and where it will be located is being determined. The zoo had a red fox in the past but this one will be the first of its species to return.
The Assiniboine Park Zoo is open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. A full schedule of zookeeper talks, presentations and animal feeding sessions takes place daily and are all free with regular zoo admission. See assiniboineparkzoo.ca for more details.