Postojna cave is expecting new “baby dragons”

Published: 12.2.2016

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Postojna cave is expecting new “baby dragons”

At Postojna Cave Park, the biggest Slovenian attraction, they are waiting for a miracle. One of the female olms, who are also known as “baby dragons”, has laid 24 eggs in the aquarium located at the end of the organized trail in Postojna Cave.

Postojna cave is expecting new “baby dragons”

At Postojna Cave Park, the biggest Slovenian attraction, they are waiting for a miracle. One of the female olms, who are also known as “baby dragons”, has laid 24 eggs in the aquarium located at the end of the organized trail in Postojna Cave. This is a very rare event in the natural karst environment, since female olms usually reproduce only once every six years. Biologists are carefully monitoring the development of the eggs, and are prepared to take any necessary precautions to protect the mother olm, in case the number of eggs increases. The first time an olm was observed laying eggs in Postojna Cave was in 2013, when she produced 22 eggs.

“On 30 January 2016, one of Postojna Cave’s tour guides noticed an olm egg attached to the glass of the aquarium, which is located in the Concert Hall of Postojna Cave. Next to the egg, there was a pregnant female olm watching it carefully,” said the happy announcement from Postojna Cave. After two years, the miracle in the cave has been repeated. The olms` egg-laying process takes approximately 20 days, and a single olm can lay up to 60 eggs. Biologists are closely monitoring the event to protect the most famous Slovenian new mother-to-be.

News about the extraordinary event and potential new baby dragons has spread around the world. The New York Times Science News published a report about the expecting “mother” olm, which has become a media star. The event focused the world’s attention on these rare and secretive creatures, which live in the mysterious karst underground world. Visit the new mother-to-be at Postojna Cave, one of the world’s biggest attractions, featured in the Lonely Planet´s must-see list of 500 sights. Postojna Cave has already hosted over 36 million visitors in the 200 years since it first opened to tourists. Enter the karst cave and experience an adventure with the cave train that takes you deep into the “most beautiful cellar of Europe.”

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