Cute alert!

This little fellow is one of three rare fennec
foxes which have been born at Drusillas
Park in East Sussex.

The arrival of the cute canines is a real achievement;
not only is this the first time that fennec foxes
have been successfully bred at the zoo, they are
also believed to be the first litter born in
Europe in 2010 and the only surviving
cubs in the UK since 2008.

The triplets, which are not yet named, were born
on March 19 and are thriving under the watchful
guidance of proud parents, Mali and Tabari.
They have now taken their first steps and
are just starting to explore the
environment outside
their nest box.

Zoo Manager, Sue Woodgate commented: “I am
absolutely thrilled with the new arrivals. To
successfully rear one fennec fox is an
achievement; to rear three
is truly exceptional.”

In the wild, fennec foxes inhabit the Sahara desert
of North Africa, where they are threatened
mainly due to hunting and the pet trade.
They are the smallest member of the dog
family and have distinctive oversized
ears which can grow up to 15 cm long.

The cubs have been bred as part of a European
breeding programme, launched because
of the significant mortality of
newborns within this species.

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