Australian zoo celebrates arrival of echidna puggles


Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia released footage of their new baby echidnas on Friday, November 18th.

The trio of puggles were born between August 16 and August 30, 2016, and were the first echidna births at the zoo in 29 years.

According to a press release published by the zoo, echidnas are difficult to breed in captivity.

''Echidnas are quite elusive in the wild, so it's hard to study their natural breeding behaviors," said zookeeper Suzi Lemon.

"All three mothers are doing an amazing job and tending to their puggles as needed," she added.

The three baby echidnas, which are yet to be named, will explore the world beyond their burrows in the beginning of 2017.