Baby Porcupine Gets Hands-On Care From Chicago Zookeepers

The male was born on July 2.

A newborn baby porcupine is getting hands-on care at the Brookfield Zoo outside Chicago.

The male prehensile-tailed porcupine, who was born on July 2, is being treated by zookeepers after his mother wouldn't allow him to nurse. He's the first of this particular species ever born at the zoo

Prehensile-tailed porcupines are native to South America. They're born with soft quills that harden with keratin, a type of protein, shortly after birth.

This baby's parents are both proud members of the zoo's Animal Ambassadors Program, in which they appear on the grounds with staff members to meet visitors.