Channel 2 News
8:47 PM AKDT, May 7, 2012
On Monday, representatives from the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center released the name of this season's first-born baby musk ox.
"Walter," the musk ox, is named after former Alaska Governor Walter "Wally" Hickel.
The baby musk ox was born last week, but was not getting enough nutrition from his mother.
Staff from the conservation center removed Walter from the rest of the herd to provide care. They are currently bottle-feeding him several times daily to promote weight gain and stabilize his immune system.
Officials said they have been monitoring his growth, and so far Walter is gaining weight. They say his health appears to be improving.
Once Walter's immune system gets stronger, the AWCC staff plans to put him on exhibit.
An official said workers at the center are confident Walter will grow up to be a strong, healthy musk ox. "We know he'll be a force to be reckoned with when he is introduced to the rest of the herd," they said.
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