The Musk Ox Farm in Palmer was able to capture on video the birth of Pixie this spring.
This Sunday, moms around the world are celebrated - and rightfully so - on Mother's Day. Here in the Mat-Su Valley, however, the day has special significance at two local farms.
The Musk Ox Farm traditionally opens on Mother's Day every year, to coincide with the new calves being born. These prehistoric animals are valued for their qiviut, the fine, warm underwool. It's one of the rarest fibers on Earth.
Each year, the Musk Ox Farm picks a theme for the names of the new calves. This year, that theme is candy, and we've already welcomed Heath, Pixie Stix and Twix to the farm this spring. The little calves blow up the "Cute Meter" as they try to get their legs and take their first stroll around the hayfields at the farm.
If you'd like to see these little furry cuties, the Musk Ox Farm opens on Mother's Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a barbecue, live music, a fiber arts demonstration and the opportunity to meet the calves. All the mothers get in free as well.
We're also celebrating the arrival of newborns at the Williams Reindeer Farm in the Butte! This farm is a nice little treasure tucked right up against the Butte. When there, you can feed the reindeer, and also meet elk and a bison. On Mother's Day, they'll be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., giving you a chance to see the newborn reindeer and celebrate Mother's Day at the same time. The farm is also hosting pony rides all day Sunday.
This Mother's Day, make it a Mat-Su celebration with our babies - stop by the Reindeer Farm and the Musk Ox Farm to see the Valley's newest "residents."