The Pueblo Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of a North American Bison. CJ, or Cody Junior (named after his father), was born August 1, 2014 at 72.8 pounds.
Zookeepers assisted with the birth. At 2 hours old, it was apparent that the mother, Laramie, was rejecting the baby and zookeepers made the decision to hand raise him. Zookeepers took shifts feeding CJ until he stabilized and would take the bottle. To provide CJ with the nutrient rich milk necessary to build his strength, zookeepers started milking Catniss, one of our Ranch goats that recently gave birth. This birth announcement was delayed until animal care staff were confident that his immune system was strong and he had a good chance of surviving. CJ is very enthusiastic about feeding. Zoo guests will be able to watch feedings every day at noon in the Pioneer Cabin Yard located in the Ranch.