Three little echidnas were born in captivity for the first time in 29 years

Three little echidnas were born in captivity for the first time in 29 years

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Echidnas are usually quite harmful. It is unlikely that you will want to pet such an animal. But you can hardly resist these three newborn echidna cubs, which were born in August at Taronga Zoo in Sydney. Echidnas Ganya, Spike and Pitpa had cubs in captivity for the first time in 29 years.

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Three little echidnas were born in captivity for the first time in 29 years

The cubs spend ten days inside the eggs, and then hatch. After that, the mother carries them in a bag for about two months. The babies have already opened their eyes, and needles have begun to grow. Echidnas born from three different mothers are in a special incubator at the zoo, where mothers come to feed them every three to six days.

Three little echidnas were born in captivity for the first time in 29 years

"All three mothers are doing an excellent job with the necessary care for their cubs. One mom, Spike, is so caring that she returns to feed her cub every other day," says Taronga Zoo employee Suzy Lemon.

Three little echidnas were born in captivity for the first time in 29 years

"These prickly creatures are still surrounded by many mysteries. In the wild, echidnas are quite quirky, so it is difficult to study their natural parental instincts," she added.

Three little echidnas were born in captivity for the first time in 29 years

 

Three little echidnas were born in captivity for the first time in 29 years

 

Three little echidnas were born in captivity for the first time in 29 years

Keywords: Cubs | Zoos | Birth

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