A beaver kit was born last month at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.
The beaver, born to dad Walnut and mom Nutmeg, is thriving and growing every day. The baby is around 13 inches long, weighs just under 24 ounces and is nursing well, according to a press release from the zoo.
Walnut, Nutmeg and the kit spend most of their days snuggling in the maternity suite. The kit is not yet viewable by the public.
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Zookeepers aren't yet sure whether the kit is a girl or a boy. In a few weeks, the veterinary team will perform a blood test that will reveal the sex. A name for the kit will then be chosen.
“It’s doing very well,” said head veterinarian Karen Wolf. “Since birth this kit has been an eager beaver – if you’ll excuse the pun! – stomping around and looking for a nipple to nurse.”
A second kit was part of the litter, but it sadly wasn't able to nurse, and it was revealed that the kit had severe internal problems that would have prevented it from surviving.
The new kit will be behind the scenes for a few months, and all three will make an appearance this summer.
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