Baby foxes, rejected by mom, make their debut

April 24, 2012 at 12:12 PM ET

The cuteness factor just doubled at the Milwaukee County Zoo as two fennec fox kits went on public display.

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Lulu and Roscoe can be seen on the nocturnal side of the zoo's Small Mammal Building.

The male and female kits, named Roscoe and Lulu, were born in January but were rejected by their mother. The pair was hand-reared by zoo staff and now spend their time playing together in the Small Mammal Building.

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Though rejected by their mother, the pair of foxes can see their parents through a clear door from their exhibit.
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The kits were raised by zoo staff during their critical early life stage.
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Zookeepers report the kits are quite active in their exhibit, playing with toys and chasing each other.

Fennec foxes are nocturnal, and found in the Sahara Desert of North Africa. Their most distinctive feature, large ears, help dissipate heat and are sensitive enough to hear prey that might be moving underground.