Casper the echidna is the first of his kind at Omaha's zoo
Casper is about 42 years old and a native of Australia. The adult echidna has claws on its front and back feet for climbing and digging, an elongated snout, no teeth and a specialized tongue for catching insects.
Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013 12:00 am
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium wasn't actively looking for the funny-looking, spiny animal from Australia, but when the St. Louis Zoo asked if Omaha would be interested in having an echidna, zoo officials jumped at the chance.
Casper, a short-beaked echidna, now makes his home in an exhibit with Parma wallabies in the Kingdoms of the Night at the Desert Dome.
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Monday, July 15, 2013 12:00 am.