Wildwood Zoo loses another resident
FOR HUB CITY TIMES
MARSHFIELD — The City of Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department announced recently the passing of the four-year-old female mountain goat at Wildwood Zoo. “Ruby” was transferred to Wildwood Zoo in 2019 through a partnership with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Several weeks ago, Ruby required veterinary intervention to help her deliver a stillborn kid. After multiple follow up visits from the vet and daily treatments from the zookeepers, zoo officials believed her to be fully recovered. The results of her necropsy showed a ruptured uterus that was undetectable and unpreventable. The tear in the uterus had adhered itself to the omentum, a layer of tissue covering and protecting the internal organs. As she felt better and became more active, that temporary connection broke apart and the uterus ruptured. Ruby was a favorite at the zoo with her sassy, social, and curious nature.
Hemlock, the young male mountain goat, is doing well but is a bit unsettled. It is common for billies (males) to venture off on their own for the summer while the nannies and kids band together. Wildwood Zoo staff is working with the Mountain Goat coordinator to determine the best course of action for Hemlock, but the goal is to reunite him with a herd.
As always, the Parks and Recreation staff appreciates your continued support of Wildwood Park and Zoo.