Slow to get started but T3 the tortoise is a mum at age 90.

And Galapagos tortoise T3 is also a cougar: the two possible fathers at Dubbo Western Plains Zoo are 40 and 41. It is the first time a Galapagos tortoise – the fifth longest-living animals in the world, with some being recorded as reaching 177 years of age – has been bred in captivity in Australasia.

T3′s baby, named NJ, will be alive long after every keeper, and the youngest human visitor to Dubbo Western Plains Zoo, has passed away.

NJ was born in early March but the zoo won’t know its gender for five years.

It will take NJ that long to reach just 30cm and decades more before achieving an adult size of around 300kg.

NJ is not yet on public display, but there will be a century and a half or longer to see the new addition to the zoo.

F yah! Al and Tootie! Beautiful torts with an awesome new home. 

SUAMICO – The NEW Zoo is “Shell”-abrating the opening of their new tortoise exhibit, “Land of the Giants.”

FOX 11 Family Day “Shell”-abration will be held on Saturday, June 25.

People will be able to come to the NEW Zoo and check out the new exhibit which had its grand opening on Friday, June 24.

Folks can see the tortoise couple, Al and Tootie, in their one of a kind new home.

(via NEW Zoo celebrates “Land of the Giants”)

while I’d never recommend or promote doing this to your tortoise… I realize they generally do things similar to this to themselves. this is tortoise PARKCOR!!!!!!!!!!!!






Like a BAMF

Or, for the R&I fans, Like a BASS!

Holy turtle found on day of the rapture!

While there has not yet been a second coming of Christ (as of this writing) on this day of Rapture, there was at least one holy sign for the faithful to embrace in northwest suburban Streamwood.

A printing company employee out on her break picked up a tiny turtle and was immediately struck by its markings.

“Right away, to her it resembled the Virgin Mary,” said Ronnie Chavez in retelling his mom’s Saturday morning tale.

The painted turtle — about the size of a half-dollar — was wandering across the parking lot. Chavez’s mother, Gricelda, intended to move it to the safety of a pond, but the turtle flipped over when she reached down, revealing the pattern on the bottom of its shell.

“It caused a big stir. [Co-workers] came over. They were taking pictures,” said Chavez.

The reptile, now nicknamed Holy Turtle, was taken home and is temporarily living in a new container and has been offered a bit of food.

“I honestly don’t make too much of it. It’s a coincidence of the pattern, but my mom is a little bit more religious — Catholic. She’s not taking it too serious, but of course it’s kind of a big deal,” said Chavez.

The date of the find is not lost on his family.

“I just thought it was kind of funny since today was supposed to be the big Doomsday,” he said.