These are the most fascinating animal photos I have seen in a long time. I have no idea how these baby tortoises made their way all the way up there on top of their mother’s carapace, but the whole scene is simply amazing.
The photo was taken at Lake District Wildlife Park, England, where staff had successfully bred four baby African spurred tortoises for the first time ever. The two-inch long, the three-week-old, babies were named Donatello, Raphael, Leonardo and Michelangelo after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and they are obviously just as adventurous.
Park manager Richard Robinson said that the tortoises were incubated for 100 days. He added:
We have had eggs in the past but we never managed to get everything in place. I would like to think the wonderful weather we had helped things along. We also have a very good reptile keeper who incubated the eggs successfully, so the skill and dedication of the staff had a big influence.
The babies are African spurred tortoises, also called sulcata tortoises and can live for up to 150 years old and will keep growing to weigh as much as 200lbs.
1. The babies, named Donatello, Raphael, Leonardo and Michelangelo after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, take a ride on their mother’s back.
2. One of the three-week-old African spurred tortoise babies, pictured on its mother Margaret’s back.
3. Staff at Lake District Wildlife Park believe the warm British summer helped the eggs to hatch.
4. The four babies are still very small and fragile. At the moment they measure about 2in long.
5. A picture of one of the babies hatching from its shell. They were successfully incubated for 100 days.
Source: The Mail Online.
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