Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Musk Ox Make their Debut

Photo credit - Highland Wildlife Park

The only two Musk Ox in the UK made their formal public debut this morning at the Highland Wildlife Park. The mother and daughter act took to their outdoor enclosure after a short period of settling in since their arrival in January.

Douglas Richardson, Animal Collection Manager at the Highland Wildlife Park, said:

“The Highland Wildlife Park is delighted to have the only two Musk Ox in the UK, a species that has not been imported into this country for over 24 years, and being able to share these powerful and prehistoric animals with the public is wonderful.

“Our Musk Ox duo mother Karin and daughter Madelon have been settling in nicely to their new home here at the Park over the last few weeks and today saw them take their first steps out in front of the cameras! Musk Ox have a notorious reputation for being aggressive and bad-tempered, so we were surprised to find that the pair were a little shy and unsure, preferring not to venture out right away. Now that the girls have had a little time to adjust and are now quite happy, they seem to be enjoying exploring their outdoor enclosure – although we’re sure that mother and daughter will live up to their reputation in time!”


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