SACRAMENTO, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Staff at Natomas Basin Conservancy in Sacramento spotted an unexpected but adorable new resident.
An employee spotted a mink poking its head out from behind a set of rocks and shared a photo of the animal to Facebook.
"Can you top this for blue-ribbon 'cute' prize?" a post on the conservancy's website stated. "We're glad the preserves are helping sustain a diverse population of species in Natomas. Hopefully these are source populations that will eventually colonize future marsh habitat."
The mink is uncommon in California, primarily residing in the northern part of the state. Natomas Basin Conservancy executive director John Roberts told The Sacaramento Bee that the animal's appearance signifies a milestone for the conservancy.
"It's a matter of maturity," he said. "Some of these marsh complexes are a decade and a half old now, and they're starting to get established."
Roberts also hopes the development of the wetlands will draw in more species in the future and stated that the mink's presence is more than welcome in the conservancy and on his Facebook feed.
"My guess is where there's one, there's more," he said. "This little guy is just too cute not to share."