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80-Year-Old Endangered Galapagos Tortoise Mom Gives Birth To Nine Tiny Babies

This teeny-weeny Galapagos tortoise and his eight equally cute siblings have a long life ahead of them.

In fact, if everything goes well for these tiny living artifacts, they might still exist in 2216.

The nine tiny hatchlings were welcomed into the world by a Galapagos tortoise named Nigrita at the Zurich Zoo in Switzerland, where a breeding program is being run to prevent the extinction of these threatened species.

Nigrita is, without a doubt, one of the world’s oldest new mothers at the age of 80.

Together with her slim young 54-year-old partner, Jumbo, she gave birth to the cute little shells.

The babies, which are about the size of a pocket, barely weigh 4 to 5 ounces, but this is far from their adult size, as Nigrita demonstrated, who weighs in at 220 pounds.

Mom Nigrita is still developing, as male and female Galapagos tortoises can weigh up to 400 and 700 pounds, respectively.

The fact that these recognizable animals are among the planet’s longest-living species is what stands out about them.

Galapagos tortoises are thought to have a lifespan of about 200 years, so these little hatchlings very well may experience a future that no one alive now will be able to witness.

But at least we got to see photos of them as babies!

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Written by Joe Kahlo

After years of writing in the financial industry, Joe was finally able to focus his writing on what he loves, Animals!