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The Buffalo Zoo welcomes arctic fox

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Fri, Jun 17th 2016 11:10 am

The Buffalo Zoo announces the addition of an arctic fox.

For those families looking to do something special this Father's Day, not only can they take advantage of the "Dad's Dollar Day" special admission in which all dads are admitted for $1, but they can also get a glimpse of Ash, the Buffalo Zoo's newest resident.

The estimated 2-year-old male fox arrived to the zoo in April. Following successful clearance of health quarantine protocol, he is making his temporary home in the former lynx exhibit along the Buffalo Zoo's center concourse. Ultimately, Ash and at least one other arctic fox will reside in the zoo's newest exhibit, Arctic Edge.

Ash's story is one of a rescue success. The Humane Society of Huron Valley in Ann Arbor, Michigan, said he was brought to its facility after being found running loose and wearing a harness - an obvious sign of human treatment as a pet. The society put Ash into foster care until he was ultimately donated to the Buffalo Zoo.

Coincidentally, the Buffalo Zoo was seeking to acquire the species for the Arctic Edge.

The apparent direct human involvement in his life for an unknown period of time would have complicated any potential success for a release into the wild.

Arctic fox is an ideal addition to the zoo's arctic-themed exhibit. The species is native to southern edge of the arctic region. Some have fur that turns white during the winter months and dark in the summer months; others, like Ash, will lighten in color as winter approaches, but remain dark throughout the year.

The Buffalo Zoo is open daily at 10 a.m. at 300 Parkside Ave.

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