Friday, August 3, 2012

Take a Look at Zoo Boise's New 'Porcupette'

Posted By on Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Baby pocupette born July 27 at Zoo Boise

The newest member of the Boise Zoo is a 1-pound, 3-ounce quill-covered bundle of joy born July 27 to proud porcupine parents Zeus and Athena.

Zoo officials say porcupettes are traditionally born with soft quills, which harden within 30 minutes after birth. When they're fully grown, a North American porcupine can have as many as 30,000 quills.

The unnamed baby boy is expected to begin eating vegetation and learn to climb trees with a few weeks. For now, mother Athena spends most of her day sleeping in trees but comes down to care for her baby, sleeping near him at night.

Mom, Dad and baby porcupette can be found next to the penguin exhibit at Zoo Boise.

Dad Zeus and his unnamed porcupette son
  • Courtesy Zoo Boise
  • Dad Zeus and his unnamed porcupette son.

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