COMM: Taronga Zoo is celebrating its first
births of short-beaked echidnas in nearly thirty years.
ZOO KEEPER: Do you hear that? It’s squeaking.
COMM: Echidnas are sometimes known as spiny
它们的宝宝被叫做puggles 众所周知 圈养它们非常困难
anteaters. Their babies are called puggles and they are notoriously difficult to breed in captivity.
COMM: The three puggles were born to three
first time mothers called Ganyi, Spike and Pitpa in the last two weeks of August 2016,
and they have only just opened their eyes and began to develop their characteristic spines.
COMM: Echidnas are one of only two Australian
mammals to lay eggs. The other is the duck-billed platypus. The puggle hatches after 10 days
and is then carried around in his mother’s pouch.
COMM: Once the puggle starts to develop spines,
it’s put in a specially constructed nursery burrow and the mother returns to feed it every
three to six days. Keepers have begun to weigh them every three days to check their development.
ZOO KEEPER: Let’s see how much you weigh.
ZOO KEEPER: 658 grams.
COMM: And all three are doing well.
ZOO KEEPER: 413 grams.
COMM: The three youngsters are yet to be named
or have their sex determined. And they spend most of their time sleeping. They won’t
start to explore outside their burrow until early next year.