Saving Baby Animals With the Milk Lab

Saving Baby Animals With the Milk Lab


(synthesizer) – [Narrator] Milk, it’s the elixir all mammals
feed to their young. Deep inside the National
Zoo in Washington, D.C., a team of scientists are devoted to unlocking the wonders of the white gold to help animals like baby Fiona, but more on that later. Welcome to the world’s largest collection of exotic animal milk. – OK, let’s get to it. – [Narrator] Meet Doctor Michael Power. Can I call you Mike? – Sure. – [Narrator] OK, Mike. What do you do here? – I’m the curator of the
Exotic Animal Milk Repository at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. It’s the largest, by a species count, number of samples of
milk in the entire world. (light music) We have samples that have been collected from all over the world that we keep in frozen storage. – [Narrator] Animals like? – Armadillos, bats, giraffe, giant ant eater, Asian elephant, African lion, cheetahs, tigers, sea lions, and zebra. – [Narrator] I hate to ask, but how do you get the milk? – [Michael] Well I’ll Batang show you. Batang is a critically
endangered Bornean orangutan. So this is the classic collaboration between a scientist and
the animal care staff. Their incredible work
and effort to be able to training the animals to be
able to accept this procedure to where they voluntarily donate samples. – [Narrator] So now that we know the how, we have to ask, why? – The exotic mammal milk
repository serves two critical purposes. One is basic science and
simply trying to understand, in a sense, the origin of milk, and the other is a very
practical, pragmatic purpose in the fact that we have to
occasionally hand-rear animals, and therefore we have to come up with a milk replacer formula. – [Narrator] OK, so when a baby can’t
be fed by their mother, you guys help come up with the formula that’s as close to the
mother’s milk as possible. – Have you heard about baby Fiona at the Cincinnati Zoo? (TV static) – Is the baby hippo, who has stolen the hearts of
people all over the country. – Baby Fiona was born six weeks premature. She’s a Nile hippo, and no other baby hippo
hand been hand-raised in North America. And so we needed to put
together a milk formula to be able to feed her to have her grow. So we worked together with the Exotic Animal Milk
Repository at the National Zoo to come up with a formula
to feed baby Fiona. – [Narrator] So how’s Fiona doing now? – [Barbara] Milk is almost
removed from her diet. We are very happy that baby
Fiona is happy and healthy, and growing very well. – [Narrator] Awesome. Back to Mike. – So, what’s next? – The milk repository has
samples from over 180 species of mammals and that
sounds pretty impressive, until you realize that there’s anywhere from 5,000 to 6,000 species of mammals. So we have only sampled
maybe 3% of the mammals. It’s still only a tiny tip of the iceberg compared to what we could be learning. (light music)

73 thoughts on “Saving Baby Animals With the Milk Lab

  1. I love watching you guys! I clicked on this video so fast because it looked so interesting like all of the other videos!

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  3. Hey mate I need some milk for my unknown puppy that I picked up from road.. What milk should I feed that. She needs some milk

  4. you have to wonder who comes up with the idea of making these, theyโ€™re BRILLIANT. I love this channel, I always learn something new โค๏ธ

  5. Lions are my favourite because of their Hair (Mane) and the Movie The Lion King and the TV series The Lion Guard โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

  6. All I saw was just a red panda in the thumbnail and I was like YUPYUPYUPYUPYUPYUP๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  7. 1:18 that broke me omg I almost peed myself ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  8. if this can save an entire species of animals from extinction. then these guys are heroes! i would like my future children to see a lot of animals in the future.

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