It was a pleasant surprise when Burgers' Zoo found that a Ringed Seal had been born during the night on Friday, March 1st. Zoo staff had observed several matings but were not sure if the seals were mature enough to reproduce successfully.
Burgers' Zoo is the only zoo where Ringed Seals have been born. In the past, caretakers have supplemented pups with bottle-feeding because inexperienced mothers can have difficulty caring for their first young. This year, the new pup seems to be suckling regularly, and caretakers are hopeful that the mother will be able to care for her pup.
Below: The pup, whose sex has not been determined yet, bonds with its mother.
Learn more about Ringed Seals after the fold.