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Sep 1, 2010 2:38 PM by Kelly Orsini

Baby porcupine born at local zoo

Need a mid-week pick-me-up? Take a look at the baby Prehensile-tailed Porcupine that was born at Atascadero's Charles Paddock Zoo on August 24.

The baby porcupine does not yet have a name, as zookeepers have not determined its sex. It's the fourth baby for its mother, Daisy, and the first for its father, Ringo.

Prehensile-tailed Porcupines are native to South America. They spend most of their lives in trees, where they use their tail to hold onto branches.

As the baby grows, zookeepers say its soft hair will be replaced with dark yellowish spines or quills.

The new baby is on display along with its parents next to the spider monkey exhibit. Zookeepers say the parents leave the baby on a branch and its mother returns several times a day so the baby can nurse. Zoo staff say they'll keep an eye on the baby during its first weeks to make sure it's healthy.

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