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Tree shrews born at Miller Park Zoo moved to exhibit

Rare mammals born in July

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[August 30, 2012]  BLOOMINGTON -- Miller Park Zoo has moved two baby northern tree shrews born at the facility to exhibit for viewing.

The rare small mammals were born at the zoo in July. This was one of only three litters born this year at zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Zoo curator Jonathan Reding is the vice coordinator for the Species Survival Program for northern tree shrews.

Resembling long-nosed squirrels, northern tree shrews are physically similar to some of the earliest mammals. The species is native to Southeast Asia.

The young animals learn to be independent at a quick pace. Mother tree shrews spend only 25 minutes total with their young for the first four weeks after the litter is born.

The northern tree shrews are on exhibit in the Katthoefer Animal Building at Miller Park Zoo.

[Text from Miller Park Zoo file received from Bloomington Parks & Recreation]

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