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The Shoushan Zoo has NEW members!/壽山動物園添新寵

Several animal stars have become members of the Shoushan Zoo lately, and the most popular one is "Lulu," a young Formosan Sika deer. In addition, the lesser panda, has recently met the public at the end of February.

 The zoo staff and vets have been taking care of "Lulu" since it was born, which is no easy task. The newborn deer is just like a baby, and the zoo staff had to take turns to be on the night shift and feed "Lulu" with milk every four hours. Due to their corporation and Lulu's strong will to survive, it has grown up to be a healthy, lovely deer and become the center of attention in the zoo.

 A wild animal was found deserted in Kaohsiung County several weeks ago and was later identified as a lesser panda, rare and protected wildlife from mainland China. The agencies concerned finally decided to have the Shoushan Zoo take in the lesser panda.

 Lesser pandas are nocturnal animals found in high mountains in Szechwan Province in China. They have black eyes, white eyebrows, big ears with white rims, reddish-brown fur covering most of the bodies. They like eating bamboo leaves, wild vegetables, fruit, insects, eggs, and sometimes birds. An odor similar to musk will be secreted from their anuses when they are excited or nervous.

 In addition to "Lulu" and the lesser panda, other new members of the Shoushan Zoo include three crocodiles, and Aoudad (Barbary) sheep. The zoo staff has given the Aoudad sheep a new home, which is near the Hippo Zone. In December 1997, the Shoushan Zoo gave the American bison to the Taipei City Zoo and received the Aoudad sheep in exchange. Now they are an Aoudad sheep family of five members.


  雄市壽山動物園最近添了不少動物明星,尤其是小小梅花鹿「露露」受到熱烈歡迎,不少人爭相與之拍照留念;而不久前才為壽山動物園收養的小貓熊,也在二月底和市民見面。

  「露露」出生以來即由獸醫與工作人員照顧,育嬰過程頗為艱辛,初生的小鹿就像小嬰兒一樣,每隔4小時就要餵一次奶,工作人員輪流值夜,全力扮演「奶爸」、「奶媽」的角色,在小鹿堅強的求生意識以及工作人員的通力合作之下,小鹿終於順利成長,活潑可愛的身影成為壽山動物園的焦點,讓工作人員備感欣慰。

  日前在高雄縣發現一隻遭人遺棄的野生動物,經過專家證實為保育類動物「小貓熊」,最後決定由壽山動物園收養。

  小貓熊又名九節狼或金狗,原產於中國大陸四川省高海拔山區,為夜行性動物;特徵為黑眼、白眉、鼻子周圍及臉頰有白毛,有一對大且有白邊的雙耳,身體主要是紅棕色,尾部則是紅棕色與淡褐色環相間,趾部帶有部份可收縮性的爪子,喜歡吃竹葉、野菜、水果、昆蟲、蛋等食物,偶爾也吃小鳥,牠們在興奮或緊張時會從肛門附近排出麝香的氣味。

  除了「露露」和小貓熊之外,壽山動物園內最近也添3隻鱷魚嬌客,在河馬展示區斜對面還新開闢大角羊展示區,裡面所展示的大角羊(北非髯羊),是在86年12月由壽山動物園以美洲野牛與台北市立動物園交換而來的,目前繁殖成5隻的大角羊家族。