Tallinn Zoo residents keep busy during ’spring break’

Although there are no visitors at the zoo temporarily, the lives of the animals run at rather normal course. As always during the spring, active breeding season has begun and many animals are expecting offspring.

The absence of visitors has not had a great effect on the animals so far, they feel well and the normal peaceful life continues even during the ’spring holidays’. Some forest animals, such as squirrels, roe deers, and foxes, who can be difficult to spot, dare to show themselves much more in the circumstances of an almost empty zoo.

For many, a calmer life also means lower stress levels, and like people, zoo residents now have more time to deal with their affairs. "The residents here enjoy being on their own, the lack of visitors allows them choose for whether to communicate or not," said Inari Leiman, Deputy Head of the Zoo's Department of Nature Education.

No new residents have been born for the past few weeks, but many birds, including eagles, storks and pheasants, are brooding with great dedication, patiently waiting for the chicks to hatch. Earlier this spring, the David’s deer Blanka welcomed a calf, and recently a Barbary striped mouse, became the father of three little mice in need of care and love. Mid-March, the chick of a bearded vulture hatched as well.

An unusual love story has also been observed in the zoo – a tundra swan has won the heart of an elegant shelduck. The male shelduck, with a bright red beak follows the swan lady everywhere faithfully and keeps competitors off. This includes even a male swan many times bigger than the brave shelduck.

As the animals also have a lot to do due to the ongoing breeding time, they are not greatly influenced by the lack of of visitors. "Currently, the animals keep busy with various spring activities, but at some point the positive stress coming from the visitors, may be necessary. We hope that the visitors will be able to visit us again soon," said Leiman.

Every week, the zoo gives an overview of the most exciting aspects of animal life - the stories can be found on the zoo's website and their Facebook page.