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Stone Zoo announces birth of baby porcupette

A baby porcupine joins the Stone Zoo
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STONEHAM - The Stone Zoo welcomed its newest addition over the weekend - a baby porcupine.

The prehensile-tailed porcupette, believed to be a male, was born on Saturday to mom Prickles and dad Shadow.

During its first medical exam, it appeared alert and healthy, weighing in at just over a pound. The baby's soft quills will harden over time.

The baby porcupette Stone Zoo

This species of porcupine is native to South American forests, with tails that act like a fifth limb, the zoo says. 

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