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Olm Salamander Eggs Hatch 'Baby Dragons' in Slovenia Cave

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One of the two new baby dragons, so far.  (Postojnska jama Cave Grotte Höhle via Youtube)

By    |   Friday, 03 Jun 2016 06:57 AM

Olm salamander eggs have begun hatching "baby dragons" in a cave in Slovenia, said excited scientists watching the rare event via infrared cameras, according to the BBC News.

Olm salamanders, known by locals in Slovenia as "baby dragons," only reproduce every five to 10 years, which makes the hatchings of 23 developed eggs at the Postojnska Cave a big deal.

The baby olms grow inside the eggs for six months before hatching, then are nursed by the mother, said London's Daily Mail.

The first egg hatched on Monday and the second on Wednesday, said BBC News.

"It is the end of one part of the story and the beginning of a whole new chapter: feeding and living without the egg," Saso Weldt, who researches olms, told BBC News. 

The olm, or proteus, are mostly found just in cave systems of Slovenia, said the Daily Mail. They are blind, slow moving, can grow to nearly a foot, and some live up to 100 years.

Even though olms can't see, they are able to hunt small crabs, snails and insects by using well-developed sensory organs,

"The rare animals are the only cave-dwelling vertebrates in Europe and have evolved specifically to their subterranean environment over millions of years," said the Daily Mail, adding that biologists first noticed the eggs on Jan. 30

"Unfortunately, an interest in eggs has not been shown only by the day visitors to the cave, but also by other cave inhabitants – cave amphipods, small crustaceans, which see olm eggs as one of the most special treats, so they persistently try getting hold of them," noted a blog post on the Postojnska Jama website.

"This has brought out the olm's incredible, almost supernatural abilities and a moving maternal instinct. Despite her lack of vision, the olm has (so far) successfully scared away all of the subterranean intruders. We are keeping our fingers crossed for the 'Dragon Mom' to make it." 

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