February 13, 2020
At three weeks old, the 11 puppies are now around 2.5 - 3.5lbs and growing! They are also scooting and moving around the den–when they’re not sleeping or nursing, of course. Mom, Beatrix, has begun to introduce them to the rest of the pack. This is an exciting time in the puppies’ development because until this moment, their only contact has been with her. A subordinate dog is now allowed to guard or “babysit” the pups while Mom leaves the den. Here at the zoo, this responsibility belongs to big sister, Mikumi. Mom is finally feeling confident enough to allow Mikumi to help with the puppies and hang out in the den. Especially for snuggles.