Zoological Society: Hello, New Friends!
Bede's ever-popular Zoological Society has seen a number of new arrivals in recent weeks - including Owls and Kinkajous!
In terms of the owls, we have welcomed two beautiful little Southern White Faced Owls (Ptilopsis granti), which are native to southern Africa.
Sometimes these owls can undergo a neat transformation, depending upon how they perceive a potential threat. If this is small, they will fluff up their feathers and extend their wings in order to scare the opponent.
If the threat seems too big they will adopt a tall thin posture and squint in order to hide their eyes; best to look like slender tree trunks if they can!
Also joining our collection are three Kinkajous (Potos flavus), natives of central and south America - see the photo at the top of this article.
Sometimes known as 'honey bears', they have voracious appetites and have already demonstrated a fondness for Bede's Honey…
We recently said farewell to our Egyptian Fruit Bats (Rousettus aegyptiacus) and our African Pigmy Hedgehogs (Atelerix albiventris), which have been requested by other zoos and collections. It's also goodbye to our eight European Polecat kittens (Mustela putorius), born last summer.
The Polecat kittens have grown rapidly and were micro-chipped by our local vet. Now they are being prepared for a return to the wild (in this case an undisclosed area of rural Derbyshire).
Before that, they must first undergo a period of rehabilitation known as 'soft release', during which they are encouraged to fend for themselves.
Recycled road-kill plays a useful part in this training…