Three Southcentral Alaska herds just got a little larger in the past week, welcoming new calves to their ranks.

The Musk Ox Farm in Palmer saw a male born early Thursday, named Argon, which already weighs in at 32 pounds. All the calves born at the farm this spring will be named from the periodic table.

Argon, a new musk ox calf, was born at the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer on Thursday, April 26, 2018. (Credit: Courtesy Janell Couperthwaite/Musk Ox Farm)

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage also had a new arrival Thursday, a female reindeer born with an initial weight of 10 to 15 pounds.

A female reindeer calf was born at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage on Thursday, April 26, 2018. (Credit: Courtesy AWCC)

A male wood bison calf was born at the center Saturday, with a few more wood bison births are expected in the near future.

A male wood bison calf was born at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage on Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Credit: Courtesy AWCC)

The new bison doesn't have a name quite yet, because staff are waiting for the male winner of the Bison Run Race a few weeks ago at the conservation center to pick a name. The race’s female winner gets the honor of naming the reindeer.

News of the new animals comes shortly after the Alaska SeaLife Center announced that Pacific octopus eggs had begun to hatch at the Seward aquarium.

Visitors can see Argon and the rest of the farm’s musk ox when it opens on Mother’s Day, May 13.

Both of AWCC’s new animals will be viewable from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this month. On May 1 the center expands its hours and will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The SeaLife Center is open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. through May 24, when it also expands to summer hours.

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