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Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine Born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo
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Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine Born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Washington, DC (STL.News) There is a prickle of excitement at the Small Mammal House at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.  Keepers discovered Beatrix, a 2-year-old prehensile-tailed porcupine, gave birth to a porcupette, overnight between Nov. 5 and Nov. 6.  The porcupette appears to be healthy and strong. Keepers had been monitoring Beatrix closely during the past several weeks in anticipation that she would give birth.  Her weight had been steadily increasing, which was an indicator that she would likely give birth.  She had bred with Quillbur, the Zoo’s adult male prehensile-tailed porcupine, just over six months ago.  Veterinarians performed a quick neonate exam Nov. 6, during which the porcupette weighed less than 1 pound (400 grams) and is nursing successfully. The porcupette is spen...