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Baby porcupine is 1st of its species born at Brookfield Zoo

July 11, 2018
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This July 8, 2018 photo provided by The Chicago Zoological Society shows a baby prehensile-tailed porcupine at Brookfield Zoo, in Brookfield, Ill. The baby, called a porcupette, born at the zoo on July 2, is being hand-reared by animal care staff when it became clear that his mom was not providing him proper maternal care, as she was not allowing him to nurse.Prehensile-tailed porcupines are native to South America and live in high-elevation rain forests. (Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society via AP)

BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A baby porcupine is the first of its species to be born at Brookfield Zoo.

The zoo in Chicago’s western suburbs says the male baby porcupine, known as a porcupette, was born July 2. He weighed almost 1 pound (0.45 kilograms), and had soft quills that hardened after a few days.

The yet-to-be-named baby’s parents are Lucia and Eddie.

Zoo officials say they monitored Lucia and her baby for a while before determining she wasn’t allowing him to nurse. Veterinary and animal care workers are now bottle-feeding the young porcupine, and they say he’s thriving.

The new prehensile-tailed porcupine, with a small, hook-like tail, will join his parents in the Hamill Family Play Zoo at approximately 10 weeks of age.

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