Large Animal Research Station to host birthday bash for calves

Published: Jun. 3, 2022 at 6:05 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Large Animal Research Station (LARS) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has some new faces they want to introduce to the community.

On Saturday, June 4, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., LARS is inviting anyone to come over and meet their new muskox and reindeer calves at a Birthday Bash event.

The event is held annually and is free to the public.

In addition to the calves, the celebration includes activities for children.

Representatives from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the Fairbanks Children’s Museum and other organizations will be present.

This season saw the arrival of 5 baby musk oxen and 14 baby reindeer.

Sarah Barcalow, Lead Animal Care Technician at LARS, said, “The Birthday Bash has been something we’ve been doing for decades at this point and we just want to make sure that the Fairbanks community has a time where they don’t have to pay to come to see the animals at LARS - so it’s really a great way for everybody to come out, see the animals, do things with the family, and just enjoy a nice day seeing the animals.”

Because parking at LARS is limited, a free shuttle is operating between the Taku parking lot on East Campus and the event.

Visitors will not be allowed to pet the animals.

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