Taronga Zoo, NSW

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Af­ter al­most 30 years of wait­ing, Taronga Zoo is happy to an­nounce the ar­rival of three wrinkly, heart-melt­ing echidna pug­gles. The trio of first-time moth­ers – Pitpa, Ganyi and Spike – have shown amaz­ing moth­erly be­hav­iour. In the pug­gle world, ba­bies hatch within 10 days and then the mother car­ries the pug­gle in her pouch for two months or so un­til their pro­tec­tive spines grow. Af­ter this, the baby is placed in a bur­row where mama re­turns ev­ery third or sixth day. Mama Spike, how­ever has been so lov­ing she has re­turned to see and feed her baby ev­ery sec­ond day.

Taronga has also been cel­e­brat­ing the ar­rival of its largest lit­ter of meerkats, with six cute pups en­liven­ing the ex­hibit. De­cem­ber also saw the birth of the first cot­ton-top tamarin in 10 years and a tiny fen­nec fox kit, while a rare pygmy hippo calf was born in Fe­bru­ary.

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