25 September 2012

The African Crested Porcupines – named Stempu and Noko – were born on Sept 1 and Sept 4 to mum Roxie and dad Nungu. Keepers gave the duo a physical examination, inserted microchips and took their weights during the routine checks.

Keeper Chris Grindle said:

“We’re very pleased to say that both of our spiky new arrivals are in great shape.

“Noko tipped the scales at 865g while Stempu was a little heavier at 1075g.

“Both look to be very healthy indeed and so we are extremely pleased with them – as are our visitors judging by their reactions when they see them.”

Porcupine babies, called porcupettes, are born without sharp quills. Instead their spikes are soft and bendy but gradually harden after a few days.