IFLScience loves Slovenian baby dragons

Published: 10.6.2016

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IFLScience loves Slovenian baby dragons

IFLScience: The Lighter Side of Science is a web portal, explaining science in a fun and exciting way. The portal published an article about the first "Baby Dragon" born at the Postojna Cave.

IFLScience loves Slovenian baby dragons

IFLScience: The Lighter Side of Science is a web portal, explaining science in a fun and exciting way. The portal published an article about the first "Baby Dragon" born at the Postojna Cave. The second one has already hatched, while the whole world follows the development of the other 22 eggs.

IFLScience is a story about bringing science to people. The website writes daily articles about exiting events in the field of science. Recently, they have dedicated one of their articles to the Postojna cave and its resident olm laying its eggs. The article on the IFLScience website begins thus: “In the depths of an ancient Slovenian cave, a baby dragon has just been born. The tiny “olm”, which is what it’s technically known as, was filmed hatching from its egg this week, which is particularly exciting as this is the first time such an event has been captured on camera.”

The Postojna Cave is the largest cave in the Slovenian “classic karst” and the most visited show cave in Europe. It consists of a network of 24 kilometres of passages, galleries and chambers. Visitors to the cave are enchanted by a wealth of stalactites and stalagmites abounding in a variety of shapes, colours and ages. This is a dream home for the mother olm and her baby dragons.

The olm, or proteus, is the only vertebrate living exclusively underground. They were named “small dragons” because of their size and their red gills, which resemble a baroque collar. The mysterious olm can survive for up to ten years without food, and it only reproduces every six or seven years. And this time the miracle was captured on camera.

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