First Ever Birth of Pallas' Kittens with the Help of Advanced Science
Three healthy Pallas’ Cat kittens (two males and one female) were born on June 8th, 2011 at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden following a laparoscopic oviductal artificial insemination (AI) procedure conducted by scientists from theCincinnati Zoo’s Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife(CREW). This pregnancy and birth are the first ever in Pallas’ Cats from artificial insemination.
Photo credits: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
The AI procedure was performed using laparoscopy or minimally invasive surgery combined with a new oviductal insemination technique for cats that was developed at CREW. The Zoo’s female Pallas’ Cat, Sophia, was treated with two hormones to stimulate ovarian follicle growth and ovulation and then was inseminated in both oviducts with semen collected from the Zoo’s male Pallas’ Cat, Buster. Three healthy kittens were born following a 69 day gestation. The kittens, now 9 weeks of age, are being raised by their mother in an off-exhibit enclosure.
July 20, 2010
The Kitten Trilogy Finale!
Over the last few weeks we brought you installments number one and number two of the Pallas' Cat kittens' progress at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation. Now seven weeks old, today we bring you the third installment in the trilogy in which the kittens venture out of their den in earnest and start exploring.
Enjoy many more videos below the fold!
July 13, 2010
Bug-eyed Beauties! Pallas Kittens at 5-6 Weeks
Last week, we brought you the Wildlife Heritage Foundation's cuddly baby Pallas Cats. These tiny babies are growing up fast, so catch them while they're in their full kittenly glory. The Pallas Cats, seen here at 5 and 6 weeks old, are doing well and keepers at WHF predict more hijinx in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
June 30, 2010
Feisty Pallas's Kittens at Wildlife Heritage Foundation
The UK's Wildlife Heritage Foundation announced the birth of four Pallas's Cat kittens on May 28th to proud parents Tula (F) and Wei Shand (M). Tula is doing a fabulous job of caring for all her new kittens and they are growing up very fast! In the following videos the kittens can be seen at 5 days old and then 3 weeks old, which helps give you an idea of how quickly these kittens are developing.
Note that what appears to be hissing in the second video is actually the kittens smelling the keepers when they come to check-in. The WHF explains that they are actually quite relaxed and this open-mouthed smelling behavior dissipates as they get older.
UPDATE: Just got this new video in along with new instructions - #1) Avoid bright light #2) Don't get them wet and #3) NEVER feed them after midnight.
December 10, 2008
Topping off the trifecta of cute and cuddly kitty cats are the rare and spectacular Pallas' Cats. These three were born in July at the Bramble Park Zooin Watertown, South Dakota. The Zoo is especially proud of these curious little creatures because it has been trying to breed them for years. Well, congratulations! Can I have one?