In pictures: five little bush dogs were born at the Sables-d’Olonne zoo

Five bush dogs were born in Les Sables-d'Olonne
Five bush dogs were born in Les Sables-d’Olonne ©Sandrine Silhol zoo of Les Sables-d’Olonne

the Sables d’Olonne Zoo is pleased to announce the birth within its walls of five little bush dogs.

In truth, they were born on August 6th, but are only just beginning to show the end of their snout.

Five adorable young bush dogs let themselves be discovered with their parents, when they feel like it!

The Sables-d’Olonne zoo
The little ones still follow their parents very closely.
The little ones still follow their parents very closely ©Sandrine Silhol zoo of Les Sables-d’Olonne

“After 67 days of gestation, the female gave birth in a natural burrow that she and the male had previously dug in the enclosure,” explains the establishment.

When they are born, young bush dogs weigh between 150 and 200 grams and are blind. Their mother nurses them in their burrow until they are five months old. In order to monitor their health without disturbing them, the park’s animal team has set up a more accessible artificial nest in which the little family has now settled.

Discrete outputs

However, it will take a little luck and a lot of patience to see the five little mothers.

Now ten weeks old, the little ones are still very fearful and, when they come out of their nest, follow their parents very closely.

This is an opportunity for them to learn species-specific behaviors. Thus, we can sometimes see them imitating adults when they dig…

The small family of bush dogs is established in an artificial ni
The small family of bush dogs is established in an artificial environment ©Tristan Gaboreau, zoo of Les Sables-d’Olonne

“They spend a large part of their day sleeping and go out for a few minutes in the afternoon. »

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The zoo team recently sexed them: they are three females and two males that weigh about 1.5 kg each.

The team says it is “very proud and happy to see these little ones flourish”: this is the first time since the arrival of the species in 2016 that a litter is bred up to this age.

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