Five-month-old aardvark Windsel is still nursing from his mother at the Cincinnati Zoo. Every Friday when Winsel begins to feed, zoo staffers draw several milliliters of his mother’s milk from the available nipples without disturbing the baby. The samples are sent to the Exotic Animal Milk Repository at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington D.C.
This allows us to determine what basis of the milk, what’s in it and if it changes and how it changes in the formulation over time. Artificial recipes tailored for specific periods in the nursing cycle for species is critical for zoos trying to hand raise a newborn animal that’s unable to feed from its mother.
We have sent them, you know, gorilla milk samples, hippo milk samples and now aardvark milk samples so this will increase the base knowledge that they have which not only can help us but also all other Zoological facilities around the world.
The repository has some 15000 samples from 185 species sent in by zoos across the country but it last received aardvark milk in 1992.There’s not that many aardvarks in captivity around and especially being bred and especially where we’re the keepers and everything have had interactions with the animal so that you can know you can do this.
While Windsel is thriving on his own, data from the National Milk Repository helped another newborn in Cincinnati. There was a baby Fiona, a hippo born at Cincinnati Zoo and she was unfortunately born prematurely.
She couldn’t even basically stand on her feet and therefore she couldn’t nurse from her mother, they sent the milk to us so that we could analyze it so that we could sent that information back to their nutritionist so that their nutrition staff and keeper staff could come up with a formula that was as close as possible to be able to fit mother’s milk for Fiona. The young hippo is alive and well and a star attraction at the zoo.
For writer Faiza Elmasry, I’m Faith Lapidus, VOA News.
1. Artificial recipe tailored for specific periods in the nursing cycle for species is critical for zoos
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2. There’s not that many aardvarks in captivity around and especially being bred and especially where we’re the keepers
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The fact that dolphins in captivity experience ongoing stress adds to questions about the validity of studies of physiological processes that are intimately connected with the animals' well-being.
通过样本，我们可以确定母乳的基本成分是什么、具体包含什么、是否会发生改变、成分随着时间的改变方式是怎样的 。哺育期间，为特定时期量身定做的人工食谱对于许多动物园来说都至关重要，因为有一些新生动物无法通过母乳喂养 。
我们已经寄送了很多样本，比如大猩猩的母乳样本、河马的母乳样本，现在又有了食蚁兽的母乳样本 。通过这种方式，我们可以增加基础知识 。这既可以帮助我们自己，也可以帮助全球各地的其他动物园 。
动物母乳库里已经有近1.5万个来自185个物种的母乳样本了，这些样本都是全国各地的各个动物园送来的 。上一次收到食蚁兽的样本是在1992年 。人工驯养的食蚁兽并不多，无法接受母乳喂养的人工驯养食蚁兽就更少了 。这个过程要跟动物有很多的互动，这样才能胜任人工喂养的工作 。
虽然Windsel是靠母乳喂养的，但珍奇动物母乳库的数据帮助到了辛辛那提的一个新生儿 。这个新生儿名为菲奥纳，它是辛辛那提动物园的一只河马宝宝 。不幸的是，她提早出生了 。
她连站都站不起来，所以也就无法得到母亲的母乳喂养 。他们将Windsel妈妈的母乳送给了我们，这样我们就能分析其成分 。我们分析后，会将结果送回给它们的营养师，便于营养师和养殖人员找到配方，代替菲奥纳妈妈的母乳 。现在，菲奥纳生龙活虎，已经成了该动物园里的活宝 。