Early Monday morning, Zoo Zagreb in Croatia hatched a baby Caiman for the first time in its history. The golfball sized egg, along with the eggs of two yet to be hatched siblings, was incubating for nearly four months. This allowed keepers to stabilize and regulate temperatures throughout the eggs' development. Zoo officials have meanwhile prepared a new habitat for the trio. If all goes to plan, the hatchling will move into its new habitat in two week's time. It would be too dangerous for these fragile baby reptiles to move into the same enclosure as mom at this stage. Their separate home will include a swimming pool and a waterfall, and will offer visitors to the zoo an authentic experience of the Caimans' tropical Central and South American home.
Photo credit: Zoo Zagreb