For the past four months, researchers working at the Postojna Cave in Slovenia have been waiting for a batch of eggs laid by an iconic salamander to hatch. The first two hatchlings have finally emerged, exciting the scientific community and captivating the entire country.
This story began at the end of January 2016 when a tour guide noticed that an egg had become attached to the wall of an aquarium at the Postojna Cave, a popular tourist destination and the natural habitat of these extraordinary creatures. By March 10, 64 eggs appeared, all of them laid by a single female salamander.
photo credit: The first olm emerged on Monday (Image: Postojna Cave)