For the third time in a row, Schönbrunn Zoo can look forward to two offspring of white-nosed coatis this year. In mid-May, the two cubs were born blind and deaf and were nursed and cared for by their mother in the nest for the first few weeks. “Meanwhile, the approximately six-week-old twins, a male and a female, have left their safe nest and are out and about throughout the indoor facility. The two currently spend most of the day sleeping snuggled up to their mother," reports animal keeper Michaela Hoffmann.
Coatis originally come from Central and South America and are among the small bears. They are diurnal omnivores that like to climb at dizzy heights. Coatis have a long tail and a snout-like nose, which they use to search for worms, insects and fruit. "We are pleased that our coati couple has already successfully provided for offspring several times in a row and that we can thus make an important contribution to the conservation of the species," says zoo director Stephan Hering-Hagenbeck.
Photos: Daniel Zupanc
Subtitle Translation by: Franziska Graumann