Date
19 October 2017
The first locally born arctic foxes are the offspring of Ocean Park pair Gochi and Mochi. Photo: Ocean Park
The first locally born arctic foxes are the offspring of Ocean Park pair Gochi and Mochi. Photo: Ocean Park

When Gochi met Mochi: first arctic foxes born in Ocean Park

It was love at first sight when Gochi met Mochi. That was in April.

In May, the lovey-dovey arctic foxes mated.

From that union, Mochi gave birth to six babies in Ocean Park in June, the first batch of locally born arctic foxes, according to an emailed press release.

Also in the same month, a female bottlenose dolphin named Milo was born in the park. 

The park’s marine mammal trainer, Eddie Chan, revealed that father arctic fox Gochi is from the United States. Mochi, from China, was confiscated in an operation by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.

Gochi was first introduced to another female arctic fox but the pair did not click, Chan said. The male fox fell in love with Mochi when the latter arrived.

Park staff noticed a week after their mating that Gochi was hiding food under the snow. They suspected he was stocking up food for Mochi’s pregnancy.

Gochi is a responsible husband and father, Chan said. “Each time when food is given to Gochi, he would always distribute it to his babies and store up some for Mochi before eating it himself.” 

The park has yet to formulate a long-term conservation policy for arctic foxes, so in the meantime, Mochi will need to be administered contraceptive drugs to avoid pregnancy.

Meanwhile, Milo’s arrival has brought the dolphin population in the park to 20.

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The baby arctic foxes enjoy a meaty meal. Photo: Ocean Park


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