By Hannah Stevens @Hannahshewans

A TEENY armadillo baby called Spock is being hand-reared by zookeepers after its mother rejected it

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Videographer / Director: ZooBorns
Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote
Editor: Jay Sohrabi

The three-banded armadillo is the only species that can roll into a ball for protection

Born on May 9th 2017, the male pup is being raised by zookeepers at Wroclaw Zoo in Poland.

Spock needed to be hand fed after it's mother rejected it

After Spock’s mother Hermiona gave birth, keepers waited for most of the day to see if she would engage with him but they had to remove the cub by the afternoon when she showed no interest.

Armadillos are covered in natural armour which helps protect them from hungry predators

Since his birth, the Head of the Small Mammals Division, Andrzej Miozga MSc/MEng has been Spock’s primary caregiver and he has now tripled in weight - he is now 340g.

Initially the keepers had to drip feed the pup with a pipette when he refused to drink from a bottle but now he has learnt to drink his milk from a tiny saucer.

The omnivores have an average life span of 12 to 15 years in captivity

Spock is still on a milk-only diet and is being kept away from the public while he grows.

Their name translates as “little armoured one” in Spanish

Later he will be sent on to another zoo to be paired with another female for breeding.