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Fostering fossa

Fostering fossa

THURMONT — In the wilds of Madagascar, fossa are known for their speed and incredible ability to leap from branch to branch to chase down lemurs — their dinner of choice. Unfortunately, there are fewer than 2,500 of these unique creatures, a close relative of the mongoose, left on the planet, with only about 25 in the U.S. In June, their numbers grew by two as Mossa and Sophina were born in captivity at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo in Thurmont, just outside of Carroll County. When fully grown, Mossa and Sophina will be able to leap 8 feet into the air, and climb up and down trees with their retractable claws. For now, these fossa babies must be content to leap several...

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