In Slovenia's famous Postojna cave, a baby proteus hatched on Monday at 11am.
The first baby olm has hatched on Monday at 11am. This very rare occasion has been caught with an infrared camera for the scientists to learn more about this remarkable phenomenon, which reportedly occurs only once in a decade, when the ancient salamanders breed.
According to the cave spokesman "the birth, caught on live camera, is nothing short of a miracle"", adding that "a mere two baby olms successfully hatch from 500 eggs in nature." This is also one of the very first times that a baby olm was successfully bred in a human-controlled environment.
And the good news doesn't end here. Baby olm could very soon be joined by several siblings, as there are 22 eggs left to be hatched at any moment. 64 of them were laid in January, however only two dozen survived. Olms can live to up to 100 years, but the way to adulthood is long and very uncertain - it takes them 10 to 15 years to reach their full adult size.
Here's hoping to more good news and more baby olms being hatched soon!