Nashville Zoo welcomes two Binturong kits

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – It’s an exciting time at the Nashville Zoo!

Gru and Lucy, a breeding pair of Palawan binturongs, just welcomed two kits on May 13. The Nashville Zoo is the only zoo that has a pair of breeding binturongs in its collection.

One of the kits is male and the other is female. The brother and sister will eventually leave the Nashville Zoo and move to another zoo as part of the Zoo’s Ambassador Animal Program. 

At birth, the kits weighed between 299-312 grams each. They are currently being cared for at one of the rooms in the Veterinary Center Neonatal Care rooms since Lucy is unable to produce milk.

They are currently being bottle fed with formula five times a day. But they grow fast.  

Heather Robertson, Director of Veterinary Services says these kits will be eating solid food within a few weeks. Their full adult weight will be around 40 pounds. 

The binturong kits will be on display at the Veterinary Center for the next few weeks before they move to a new zoo.

One interesting fact about binturongs is that they have a scent gland that makes them smell like buttered popcorn!

Come out and see them while they’re still at the Nashville Zoo. 

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