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Orphaned animals find new home at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

  • Author: Bill Roth
  • Updated: February 4
  • Published February 4

A musk ox named Artemis, found abandoned on the North Slope, frolics in fresh snow at her new home at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage on Feb. 3, 2020. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Artemis was just a spring calf near Endicott on Alaska’s North Slope when a grizzly attacked her herd and scattered them. She took shelter under a building for the next three days, but the herd never returned.

A rescue effort to save the orphaned musk ox required her to ride a boat, truck, airplane, then truck again before she arrived at her new home at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage.

“It was important to get her here to provide food and care,” said Trish Baker of the the center. “Most of the animals at the nonprofit sanctuary are orphaned, injured or abandoned.”

A musk ox named Artemis comes in for a closer look while at his new at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center on Monday. (Bill Roth / ADN)
An orphaned lynx named Calliope sits on a perch at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage on Monday. She weighted only about 6 pounds when she arrived from the Bethel area in September 2019 and is still in quarantine. (Bill Roth / ADN)


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