This is the first time a Paca has been hand raised at the San Diego Zoo or the Safari Park. Keepers hope he will one day be an animal ambassador, who does education programs at the Safari Park. The affectionate rodent was born Sept. 7, 2011.
"He's getting bottles four times a day of formula that mimics his mom's milk," said Kim Millspaugh, a senior keeper. "From Day 1 he also was eating solids and he enjoys almonds, figs, and green bell peppers. His favorite is oranges."
Guests can see the baby paca, which looks a bit like a spotted watermelon on short legs, in the nursery called the Animal Care Center.