Cascades snowshoe hares arrive at their new Raleigh home
Our captive snowshoe hare family at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine has just grown by 6!
Kyle Garrisson, an old Mills lab member who is starting his PhD with us this fall, just brought 6 healthy hares from the Cascades Mountains in Washington last week. These hares will be part of a project we are currently preparing that will investigate the controlling mechanisms and underlying basis of seasonal coat color molts. These guys are extra special because 5 out of the 6 are completely brown- although there are freezing temperatures and patchy snow covering the ground where they came from. To make sure they feel like home we get them plenty of fresh evergreen branches, keep their rooms cold and treat them with organic carrots and celery to introduce them to the southern hospitality.
Image 1: Moving hares to their new home
Feauture image: White hare from WA