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Boys! Boys! Boys!

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On the morning of the 2nd December we welcomed 3 adorable bush dog pups!

Since their arrival mum Nina and dad Nico have been very attentive and keepers have also been keeping a close eye on this growing family. The pups were recently given their vaccinations and their sex has also been confirmed as male!

As they continue to grow the trio have now started to explore their outdoor area with the rest of the family and are being shown the ropes by older sibling’s Oakley, Ozara and Octavia. Oakley in particular has been very attentive bringing the pups extra bark and leftover enrichment such as boxes and paper.

Our keepers are currently thinking of names for our new litter, and they have agreed that all three will begin with the letter ‘P’ continuing the alphabet from their parents and older siblings’ names. bush dog update

Bush dogs are a rare and unusual canid, with short legs, a bushy tail, a rounded muzzle and webbed feet! The birth of the pups is extremely important to not only Colchester Zoo but also to this species which is currently classified as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List.


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