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Arctic fox cubs born at Dudley Zoo just in time for half-term – and they are adorable

Dudley Zoo has welcomed its first ever litter of Arctic fox cubs – and they are expected to be a big attraction for half-term visitors.

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The fox cubs which have been spotted at Dudley Zoo

Keepers at the Castle Hill attraction have spotted eight cubs, known as kits, but think there may be more to appear as Arctic fox litter sizes can vary.

They are currently being looked after by mum Grace and dad Spruce and could be on display as the zoo welcomes visitors during half-term.

The fox cubs which have been spotted at Dudley Zoo

Dudley Zoo and Castle carnivore section leader Sam Grove said: “We’re thrilled to see the cubs out and about exploring the habitat and their arrival is extra special as it’s the first time we’ve bred Arctic foxes here at Dudley Zoo.

“We believe the cubs are now around six-weeks-old and have been tucked away in underground tunnels with mum since birth.

One of the fox cubs born in the last few days at Dudley Zoo and Castle

“Both Grace and Spruce are first time parents, but they’re both doing incredibly well, with dad busy guarding the burrow entrance and taking food to mum.”

Two-year-old Grace arrived at the zoo in November 2022, while Spruce, aged one, joined her in October last year.

Sam added: “Since we re-introduced Arctic foxes to the collection in 2019, they’ve proved to be a really popular species with visitors, who we know will be as excited to see the babies as we are.”

Arctic foxes are a monogamous species and will mate for life. Gestation is around six weeks and they can have two litters in a year, with the babies sporting a dark velvety coat.

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