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    Default Adorable agouti are the first of their kind to be born in the UK

    Living up to their secretive nature, these two newborn agouti are shying away from the limelight.

    In the wild, they can usually be found hiding in burrows, but at their new home in Newquay Zoo, a warm blanket, shoe or pocket is just as ideal.
    The adorable creatures, part of the guinea pig family, are the first of their species to be born in the UK. Scroll down for more...
    Playful: The two agouti boys are the first of their species to be born in the UK

    They usually inhabit rainforests in Southeast Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, and are regarded as the only species that can open Brazil nuts - thanks to their strength and exceptionally sharp teeth.
    Staff at the zoo have been waiting for two years for their only breeding agouti couple to mate.
    And the wait finally paid off when the two tiny creatures, which are the smallest of the ten agouti species in the world, were born three weeks ago.
    The boys are hairy rump - or black-backed - agouti. Scroll down for more...
    Wrapped up: The agouti have been kept warm after they were born outside in the cold

    Michelle Turton, marketing manager at the zoo, in Cornwall, said today: “The babies have been hand reared and brought inside as the mum gave birth to them outside and it was too cold.
    “They are doing well and are putting on weight quickly. We are slowly taking them outside in the sunshine and they have been running around this morning."

    Adorable agouti are the first of their kind to be born in the UK | the Daily Mail

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    I love the first pic, so cute.

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    awww how cute!
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    It's called a RAT and I'm sure that England has plenty of them already!
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