Every month some eggs hatch in Slovenia, but it’s as unlikely that there are anything like this cuddly creature wandering around Slovenian streets
The baby dragons of Slovenia
Every month, hundreds of newly hatched eggs are taken to a wildlife sanctuary in rural Slovenia where a team of staff monitor the tiny creatures to make sure they make it to adulthood.
However, very few survive to adulthood – and each one is the world’s most successful – weighing in at an astonishing 800g (2½lb) with a 5cm (2in) tail.
Thanks to some world-leading research, they have also developed tiny legs and adapted to life on the countryside’s harsh winters.
Over the last six months they have grown to become global celebrities – with Slovenia named the best country for a baby dragon after the success of research carried out at the Chimneyhills Sanctuary in the eastern town of Coruhorn.
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“We have 300-odd different species of baby dragons at our sanctuary,” said sanctuary director Matijijs Toca. “They are stronger and brighter than those in other countries.
“They are also very clever and take a long time to reach maturity, which is rare in our species. They live about six years but grow up to several times that size.”
The heroes of the Chimneyhills team have called them “a miracle”, adding that they felt proud that “natural evolution is constantly altering its course”.