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‘Baby dragon’ that only eats once a DECADE and will live for a century goes on display in Slovenia

THE world's first public exhibition of juvenile olms, also referred to as cave salamanders or 'baby dragons', is opening this month.

The mysterious cave creatures will be on display from June 8 in Slovenia's well-known Postojna Cave.

The worm-like creatures can live for 100 years and baffle scientists because they manage to keep their young characteristics throughout their lifespan.

Olms are blind, their hearts beat twice a minute and they can regrow limbs if they break them off.

Slovenia's Postojna Cave is famous for being a home to olms, sometimes called 'human fish' because of their fleshly appearance.

Local legend states that the creatures are descendants of cave-dwelling dragons, hence their 'baby dragon' nickname.

The cave dwelling aquatic salamanders eat, sleep and breath underwater.

However, you won't catch them eating that often as they can go without food for a decade.

Adult olms are around 30cm long.

A display of the adult creatures have been part of the Postojna Cave tour since the early 19th century.

However, olms hadn't actually bred in captivity in Slovenia until 2017 when eggs were spotted on the glass of one of the tanks at the cave complex.

It took 120 days for 22 eggs to hatch in the underground lab and it's those 'baby dragons' that will be going on display.

There's hope that studying the young olms will help us to learn more about the mysterious amphibians.

Postojna Cave will be open daily from 9am-7pm from June 3.

The baby olms will be in their new exhibit from June 8. 

Ancient beasts: Some of the world's longest-living creatures

In other news, humans are said to be putting more than one million animal species at risk of extinction.

Animals and plants are dying out at the fastest rate since an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs.

And, mass elephant deaths in Botswana are baffling scientists as they struggle to work out what's killing the creatures.

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