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March 06, 2010  
 
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Congo Otter
Andean Bear Cubs
Prehistoric Fish

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  NWHS Member Newsletter #25 

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The snow from the recent heavy winter snow storms has finally melted. Work will soon begin on the two damaged wooden roofs over animal enclosures. One will be repaired, the other needs replacement. These roofs are provided for shady dry spots and are not part of the structural integrity of the enclosures. The aninmals are in no danger and the roofs are currently braced up until we begin work. If you would like to assist in this project it would be greatly appreciated. You can help by using the donation button on the left side of the newsletters, or visit the Support Page at the NWHS website.

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Patrick D. Webb
President - National Wildlife Humane Society
Founder/Director - Top Of The Rock Wildlife Sanctuary

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  Skye group aids rare Congo otter
Source: BBC News

A Skye-based animal charity has come to the aid of an abandoned rare otter being cared for by missionaries in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Congo clawless otter cub was found in the remote area of Kikonga and handed over to Rita and Glen Chapman.

The International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF) in Broadford has sent out special powdered milk. Grace Yoxon, of IOSF, said the milk would reach the Chapmans via an air supply drop. The otter has been surviving on milk mixed with egg yolk...
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Andean Bears

   
March 2010 Update: Andean bear, Billie Jean, gives birth to twins
Source: Smithsonian National Zoological Park

The National Zoo's four-year-old Andean bear, Billie Jean, recently gave birth to twins while denned in a secluded section of her indoor exhibit. Staff believe she gave birth to the twins about 24 hours apart; the first was born at about 8 a.m. on January 14.

Animal care staff have monitored the cubs via closed-circuit infrared camera and vocalizations heard through a sound monitor. The staff was able to distinguish verbal squeals and cries from one cub the first morning and determined two distinct, simultaneous cries the next day, indicating the birth of a second cub. Mother and cubs are not expected to be on exhibit for visitors until spring, however, during their denning period, the National Zoo has added a special bear web camera for public viewing.

Signs indicate that Billie Jean, a first-time mother, and the cubs are doing well. They are the first Andean cubs born at the National Zoo in 22 years and the only surviving Andean cubs in a North American zoo since 2005. Coincidentally, the last surviving Andean bear cub born in North America before these two was their mother, Billie Jean...
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(Check out the Cub Cam)
 
  Prehistoric Fish
 
Giant Plankton-Eating Fishes Roamed Prehistoric Seas
Source: ScienceDaily
 
Giant plankton-eating fishes roamed the prehistoric seas for over 100 million years before they were wiped out in the same event that killed off the dinosaurs, new fossil evidence has shown.
 
'Today's giant plankton-feeders, such as baleen whales, basking sharks and manta rays, include the largest living vertebrate animals, so the fact that creatures of this kind were missing from the fossil record for hundreds of millions of years was always a mystery,' said Dr Matt Friedman of Oxford University's Department of Earth Sciences, an author of the report.
 
'We used to think that the seas were free of big filter feeders during the age of dinosaurs, but our discoveries reveal that a dynasty of giant fishes filled this ecological role in the ancient oceans for more than 100 million years'...
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