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    Posted January 11, 2012 by
    San Diego, California
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    Name: Victor
    Age: Over 56 years old
    Species: Echidna

    Native to Australia the echidna is the one of two species of mammals that hatch from an egg (the other one is the platypus). It's true, the females will lay a soft leathery egg about the size of a ping-pong ball. About ten days later a baby is hatched and that baby will nurse from mom. The quills you see are simply modified hairs; they grow from follicles just like hair and are made of the same protein as hair. Not only did Victor hatch from an egg (which is pretty cool for a mammal) but he also ranks as one of the oldest non-human mammals at the zoo!

    Special thanks to the San Diego Zoo for lending me Animal Ambassador Rick Schwartz and opening the zookeeper doors.

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