Ocelot pups born at Terra Natura Benidorm successfully overcome their first month of life
28 de diciembre de 2018 Noticias
ocelot pups (Leopardus pardalis) that were born last November continues the
process of adapting. This week the ocelots have started to go out to the meadow
under the watchful eye of their mother, Selha, and can now be seen by the
public in the American area, in the newly expanded ocelot facilities.
have 24h access to the outer pasture, being the mother the one that regulates
them the time of stay in the pasture, being in constant vigilance and changing
the babies continuously from place as it would in the wild to avoid the
Natura we currently have 21 specimens of 5 different species of felines, 4 of
them are the male and female of ocelot adults and the two new offspring. The
mother, Selha, is the one who takes care of the little ones, while Father Ahmun
does not intervene in the upbringing.
until now were exclusively fed on breast milk, now the mother begins to offer
small pieces of meat. They become completely independent of their mother at the
age of one. According to the team of zookeepers, their adaptation to the
environment is very satisfactory.
reach two months of age, if the mother's upbringing evolves favourably, the
team of veterinarians of the park will proceed to carry out an exhaustive
review consisting of a complete physical examination, weighing and sexing, as
well as identifying them by placing a microchip. During the past six weeks
there has only been a visual examination of the offspring to avoid a possible
stress situation to the mother, which could lead to the rejection of the
population of ocelots has been reduced in recent years and was on the verge of
extinction. These felines are excellent climbers, have a great sense of smell
and are good swimmers.