With shaggy fur and chunky legs, a baby Musk Ox is taking center stage at the Calgary Zoo. The calf was born on April 23 to mom Shyia and dad Tlayopi. Though Musk Ox calves are big babies, they have a lot of growing to do before reaching their adult weight of 500 to 800 pounds.
This little calf and his mother appear to be bonding well, and the calf is nursing regularly. Musk Ox calves nurse for about two months, then begin eating vegetation like the adults.
Musk Ox are named for the strong musky odor emitted by adult males. They lived in small herds of about 20 animals in the Canadian Arctic and in Greenland; herds have also been introduced in Scandanavia. Adult herd members will protect young calves by standing in a circle, facing outward, with calves in the center of the circle.
Musk Ox populations are stable in the wild.
See more photos of the baby Musk Ox below the fold.