A baby short-beaked echidna, also known as a puggle, has hatched for the first time at the Brookfield Zoo.
According to the zoo, the unnamed and asexual puggle came out between March 2 and 5 and is the first in the zoo’s history.
The puggle remains in a nest box for a few more months, fed by Waddles, his 47-year-old mother. However, the animal care staff have kept a close eye on the puggle since hatching to ensure it is developing well.
The puggle is expected to come out of the nest box sometime in August. Visitors can see the baby at the zoo’s Australia House.
Other echidnas can currently be seen in their habitats including Waddles, Pokey, Kapi, Rex and Adelaide – the oldest animal in Brookfield Zoo at 53 years old.
Echidnas are one of only two mammal species that lay eggs. Only 29 short-beaked echidnas can be found in 10 North American zoos, including Brookfield Zoo. They are native to Australia as well as central and southern New Guinea.