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Zoo gives kudos to caretakers in Mother's Day celebrations

Zoo gives kudos to caretakers in Mother's Day celebrations

Taipei, May 8 (CNA) The Taipei Zoo said Friday it is celebrating this year's Mother's Day by paying respect to zookeepers who double as "nannies" of newborn animals that are either fragile or have inexperienced parents. The campaign, which will run through May 24, is encouraging people to go online and learn how newborns of four species are currently being reared, and share their love for the animals with their keepers. The "nannies" have dramatic stories to tell about raising the youngsters -- three Eurasian otters, an orangutan, a pangolin and a giraffe -- according to the zoo. For instance, the eight-month-old pangolin Chiung Wu (??) has had constipation problem that have worried its caretakers. Now weighing 680 grams, Chiung Wu is extremely sensitive to the environment and has trouble excreting or digesting whenever its main keeper is away or its pacifier is being replaced. In fact, the zoo recently received 500 free pacifiers from the manufacturer after Chiung Wu's old pacifier wore out. The manufacturer did so because it does not provide products on a retail basis, the zoo said, just one example of how complicated it can be to take care of a baby animal. It took Chiung Wu eight days to get used to the new pacifier, the zoo said. Those participating in the campaign at http://www.fever38.com/promotion?promoid=99823 can win zoo merchandise, the zoo said. It also encouraged the public to join Mother's Day-themed events at the zoo, including guided tours and lectures, on Saturday and Sunday. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-25 05:26 GMT+08:00