Twin Maras born at the Atascadero Zoo

July 11, 2013

0The Charles Paddock Zoo announced the unexpected birth of twin baby Maras on July 6.

Maras, or Patagonian Cavies, are small rodents native to South America.

The twin’s birth came as a complete surprise to staff who had not noticed the pregnancy. They are the first Maras to be born at the zoo since it opened the exhibit in 2001.

In the wild, the gestational period for Maras is approximately 100 days. The babies were born while on exhibit and are on view for the public to see.

As common with many baby animals, the newborns spend a lot of time hiding among the rocks and bushes in the exhibit.