Mesker Park Zoo has two new adorable additions, Waffles and Flapjack. However, they are not delicious breakfast foods, but two new African crested porcupines.
The babies were born at the zoo July 25, and are the second and third offspring of the zoo’s adult porcupines, N’dulu and Luna, who have been zoo residents since 2013. Their first baby, Kibibi, was born April 7, 2014.
This mammal is recognizable by the quills that run along the head, nape, and back that can be raised into a crest. Hence the name crested porcupine. The crested porcupine is for the most part herbivorous, eating roots, bulbs, crops. But occasionally they do consume insects, small vertebrates and carrion. In order to ingest calcium and sharpen incisors they often gnaw on bones.
The porcupine family can be found in an exhibit in the Children’s Enchanted Forest alongside one of the zoo’s most playful species, otters.
Mesker Park Zoo is open year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit meskerparkzoo.com.