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Desert Museum's new baby big horn is a girl

Baby big horn (Source: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum) Baby big horn (Source: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum)
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The latest addition to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a female baby big horn sheep.  She was born on May 9, just in time for Mother's Day. 

"Big horn sheep are precocial," said Curator of Mammalogy, Shawnee Riplog Peterson. "This means they can stand up and follow their dams right after birth and shortly thereafter are romping over the rough terrain as if they've been doing it forever.  This is a great opportunity for Tucsonans to see big horns within close proximity as they are difficult to spot in the wild."

Museum visitors can see the newborn big horn and her antics throughout the day, due to the extended museum hours for the summer on Saturday.

The little ewe weighed 4 kg at birth and is currently 8.09 kg and is still nursing, but is trying alfalfa, carrots, yams and jojoba. This is the mother's second lamb, as an earlier lamb did not survive. 

The ewe is part of an exchange program with the American Zoological Association, to keep the genetics diverse among the 46 animals in captivity and avoid taking additional animals from the wild in the future.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum current hours (June to August) are - Sunday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, during Cool Summer Nights from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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