Baby porcupine, South African lion join Woodland Park Zoo

Baby porcupine, South African lion join Woodland Park Zoo

Credit: Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo

A baby North American porcupine was born at the zoo April 4.

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 25 at 4:06 PM

A baby porcupine, known as a porcupette, was born April 4 at the Seattle zoo. She is the second offspring for mom Molly and dad Oliver.

While the porcupette has access to the entire exhibit, so far she's preferred to spend most of her time behind the scenes, grooming and experimenting with different solid foods, according to zoo collection manager Deanna Ramirez.

Currently, the porcupette weighs 2 lbs.

The other recent addition is 350-pound Xerxes, a male South African lion.

Six-year-old Xerxes can be viewed in the lion exhibit in the morning. So far, he hasn't met Adia, the female lion.

He arrived at Woodland Park Zoo in March from El Paso as part of a cooperative breeding program.

"We have high hopes that Xerxes and Adia will produce their own cubs, especially since Xerxes isn't represented in the gene pool of the SSP," said Ramirez.

The zoo hopes to introduce the lions in the next couple weeks.

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