A two week old black footed ferret in its nesting box at the National Zoo’s Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Va. on July 3, 2008.
Photo Credit Mehgan Murphy /Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Date July 3, 2008
A two month old black-footed ferret (right) with its mother at the National Zoo’s Conservation and Research Center.
Photo Credit Jessie Cohen/Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Date Aug. 18, 2008
The kit was born on June 21 to a two-year-old mother and a father who had died in 2000. National Zoo reproductive scientists inseminated the female with frozen black-footed ferret semen stored in their genome resource bank—a frozen repository of sperm and eggs of a variety of endangered species.