Cougar Mountain Zoo gets cute new addition

With the birth of a baby reindeer, the Cougar Mountain Zoo has a herd of 11 Siberian Reindeer.

  • Tuesday, June 25, 2013 1:50pm
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Cougar Mountain Zoo resident reindeers, Blitzen (aka Blizzard) and Olive (the other reindeer), became proud parents of a 13-pound baby male Siberian Reindeer May 9.

He’s all legs right now, happy, healthy, and learning how to play reindeer games and already eating dirt — an important part of a balanced reindeer diet. The little reindeer, while blessed with a very cute, furry white nose, didn’t have a name.

Robyn Barfoot, the curator of the Cougar Mountain Zoo, asked the Rowley family to come and meet the zoo’s newest addition and consider sponsoring him. Skip Rowley, Kari Rowley Magill and Kelly Rowley Richardson fell in love with the little guy, and named him Rowley.

Rowley joins a herd of 10 other Siberian Reindeer who live at the zoo.  When Rowley grows up, he’ll weigh 350 pounds or more but right now he’s still under 40, just beginning to get his antlers and he is incredibly cute.

Rowley, born May 9, is the newest addition at the Cougar Mountain Zoo.



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