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6 endangered black-footed ferrets born at Phoenix Zoo

Posted at 12:14 PM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 15:14:49-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Six itsy-bitsy black-footed ferrets have been born through the Phoenix Zoo's recovery program.

The litter from first-time mom Mandolin arrived two weeks ago. Mandolin will care for them for the next few months at the zoo, which has one of only six breeding facilities in the world for this particular endangered species.

Specialists in the fall will determine which of the ferret babies - known as kits - will go to breeding facilities to become future parents and which will be released into the wild.

Kits from this litter that are ultimately released will first go to the National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center in Colorado to prepare them for survival in the wild.

Over 400 black-footed ferrets have been born at the Phoenix Zoo under the recovery program.