Two ringtails born June 12 at The Living Desert in California recently made their debut. Because ringtails are nocturnal creatures, the staff shows off the babies during twice daily hand feedings, giving guests a better chance to see the babies.
The two cubs, one male and one female, we born to parents Abe and Penelope. They have not yet been named.
Also called ring-tailed cats, ringtails are closely related to raccoons. They are native to the southern central plains and desert Southwest in the United States and are found throughout Mexico. Like raccoons, ringtails are omnivorous, feeding on mice, frogs, toads, snakes, berries, and insects.
Because of their nocturnal habits and shyness toward humans, ringtails are not commonly seen in the wild. Ringtails are expert climbers, with ankles that can rotate 180 degrees to allow headfirst descents from trees.