Two new baby animals are now at the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero.
At the end of June, a prehensile-tailed porcupine was born in addition to a second Caribbean flamingo chick that hatched.
The new babies can now be seen in their respective exhibits.
The zoo has exhibited the porcupines and their babies for more than 15 years, according to zoo Director Alan Baker, and this is the first born from the zoo's current mating pair.
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The porcupine father, named Ringo, was born in 2002 and the mother, named Marina, was born in 2011.
Baby porcupines are covered with fine red hair when they are born and their quills develop in the first few days. The animals, native to Central and South America, are nocturnal and sleep in trees during the day, using tail for grasping and hanging. The baby porcupine can now be seen lounging on a branch in the porcupine exhibit, according to the city.
The hatching of the zoo's second flamingo chick follows its first successful hatching ever on Memorial Day.
Over the weekend, the newest baby flamingo could be seen in the back of the flock in the zoo’s flamingo exhibit, sitting close to its mother and standing on the nest mound near the pond, according to the city.
Baby flamingos have white-grey feathers that turn pink later from the birds' diet. In recent weeks, the zoo's flamingo flock of 18 adults began building nest mounds and laying eggs.
The zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the zoo, visit https://charlespaddockzoo.org.