Video courtesy Mark Austin - The Musk Ox Farm
Photo courtesy Mark Austin, The Musk Ox Farm
PALMER, Alaska (KTUU) - Just in time for mother’s day, the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer welcomed five new calves into their herd over the last few days, and even caught one of the births on camera.
Executive Director Mark Austin says the first two births occurred over the weekend. The third calf (pictured below) was born Wednesday morning to mother El Niño.
The above video shows Avalanche giving birth to her calf at around 3:45 p.m. Austin says they’re not quite sure of the newborn’s gender, but say both the mother and calf are healthy and doing well.
The fifth and final birth of the season came later Wednesday evening.
Austin says the theme for the newborns’ names this year will be birds. So far Magpie, Wren and Eider have already been named. The calves will receive some routine vaccinations just a few hours after birth. From there, they’re moved into a cozy maternity pen.
“They’re moving in there, they’re starting off life in a great spot. So they should be good to go without a whole lot of extra assistance from us,” Austin told Channel 2. “We’re in a great spot right now, the herd is super healthy and the pastures are healthy. We’re actually as big as we want to be with our herd numbers.”