Tiny Echidna Babies Open Their Eyes: ZooBorns

BarcroftAnimalsPublished: December 1, 20162 views
Published: December 1, 2016

AUSTRALIA’S Taronga Zoo has celebrated its first successful breeding of adorable short-beaked echidna in nearly 30 years. Keepers at the Sydney zoo are monitoring the progress of three healthy young echidna - known as puggles - and their first-time mothers: Ganyi, Spike and Pitpa. A puggle hatches after ten days and its mother carries it in a pouch-like skin for up to two months, until it begins to develop spines. It is then deposited in a specially constructed nursery burrow, with the mother returning to feed it every three to six days.

Videographer / director: ZooBorns
Producer: Hannah Stevens, Nick Johnson
Editor: Sonia Estal

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