New inmates at the Lithuanian zoo2014-06-02
New arrivals have added to the collection of the Lithuanian zoo in late May. The zoo is now home to a couple of jungle cats brought from the Tallinn zoo and a lamb of a Swiss breed, Valais Blacknose, from a private Latvian minizoo.
Buying a Swiss Valais Blacknose was part of the plan to diversify the existing animal collection by bringing in interesting animals that had not been seen in Lithuania before. The breed originates from the Valais region in Switzerland. I has been rarely seen in Lithuania to date.
The new Valais Blacknose lamb named Teodoras was born this year in March. Because the parents did not breed their baby, it was raised by the staff of the Dobuli minizoo in Latvia. Teodoras eats only organic food, therefore the management of the Lithuanian zoo is asking visitors not to give brought food to the animal. As other inmates, it is kept on a balanced and healthy diet. Improper feed can cause sickness in animals.
The Swiss Valais Blacknose lamb, Teodoras, was brought in together with a couple of jungle cats from the Tallinn zoo, a one-year-old female and a three-year-old male, who are still nameless. Visitors to the zoo are supposed to pick names for the new arrivals. Jungle cats are native to Egypt through Asia down to India, so in the Baltic countries these animals can be seen only in zoos or private animal collections. In the natural environment jungle cats are becoming extinct due to human activity and diminishing swampy areas.
Public information division
2 June 2014