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‘Bat-Eared’ Puppy Nursed By Zoo Turns Out Not To Be A ‘Puppy-At-All’

Written by: Dee Michaels
Dee Michaels is a passionate and accomplished writer, renowned for his heartwarming and engaging stories on more
| Published on April 28, 2024

Explore the enchanting Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, where nature’s splendor comes to life with a precious bat-eared fox kit, recently welcomed into our family. Under the expert care of our dedicated neonate specialists and experienced animal care team, this tiny wonder captivates everyone who meets him. Set against a backdrop of lush greenery and vibrant flowers, this delightful newcomer takes his first cautious steps, sparking joy and excitement among both visitors and staff.


As dawn breaks over the beloved Cincinnati Zoo, Samantha Villa, the dedicated headkeeper of the Animal Ambassador Team, guides us through the enchanting life of a young bat-eared fox. With a sparkle in her eye and warmth in her voice, she recounts the inspiring story of this resilient little one, who has begun a grand adventure in our care.

In the soft morning light, our tiny kit eagerly takes to bottle feeding, gripping the bottle firmly with his small paws, showing remarkable determination. With every healthful gulp, he grows stronger, his frail body gaining vitality. Despite his strong appetite, he finds moments of peace, drifting off to sleep with a satisfied sigh.

It’s during these precious feeding times that our little fox truly thrives, his cheerful vocalizations filling the air with delightful sounds. Each chirp and chirrup endears him further to everyone around, showcasing the sheer beauty and wonder of nature’s miracles.


Beyond simply providing nourishment, our devoted team at the Cincinnati Zoo strives to enrich not only the body but also the soul of our cherished bat-eared fox kit. With gentle care and infinite love, we dedicate ourselves to his socialization, ensuring he feels not just safe, but also confident around humans. Through soft interactions and affectionate gestures, we build a bond that surpasses species boundaries, nurturing a lasting sense of trust and friendship.

We invite you to join us on this extraordinary journey of growth and discovery, as we observe the unfolding of a tale as magical as it is motivational. Nestled within the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, where daily miracles are a common sight, each day offers the promise of new beginnings and limitless possibilities.

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