The Sydney's Zoo Celebrates First Puggle Births In Decades
The Taronga Zoo of Sydney is celebrating its first baby echidnas, or puggles as they are better known, in almost 30 years.
The beautiful three babies had hatched from their eggs in August; but the mainly keepers wanted to see them growing before going to public.
"Echidnas are notoriously difficult to breed in human care, but keepers are pleased with the progress of the tiny trio," the zoo said.
Now, the puggles have opened their eyes and are developing the spines characteristic of their species, which feels that how slowly and gradually they get connected to their spices.
Though they have not been given the names by the keepers but are also not expected to leave their burrows until the early next year. Till then they will be mostly sleeping.
The zoo has already built a special nursery burrows to house the arrivals as it is the part of its new echidna-breeding facility.
The smallest and the cutest puggle currently weighs about 250g (9oz).
The Echidnas are the one of only two Australian mammals that lay eggs (the other is the duck-billed platypus).
The baby echidnas hatches after 10 days and are carried around by their mothers in a pouch-like skin fold for up to two months. After that they are placed in their burrows, with their mother returning to feed them daily or every few days.The three new born puggles have different mothers. The youngest puggle was born to mother Pitpa, who was the last echidna born at Taronga in 1987.
Well, this beautiful news possibly will excite many animal lovers to arrive at Zoo to see these infants.