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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.

So I read the saddest story today on my tortoise mailing list. Tortoise twins!  Twin hatchlings, one normal sized & alive and one tiny & deceased, were born to a list member. When torts are born, they hatch with the yolk attached and absorb it for nutrients. Though its sad that one didn’t make it, I am in awe of how small and perfectly formed the little twin is.

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LOS ANGELES – Two Japanese nationals have been arrested at LAX on federal animal smuggling charges for allegedly trying to smuggle turtles and tortoises into the U.S.Authorities seized 55 reptiles which were concealed in snack food boxes inside a suitcase.

And at that very moment I was boarding a plane at LAX myself. I would have gladly stayed and started my tortoise rescue with these little ones. Hope they get sent to better habitats.

Thanks to @karolynprg for the heads up on this breaking news!

The owner of Britain’s oldest dedicated tortoise sanctuary is closing her doors to visitors after council chiefs reclassified her business as a zoo.

The owner of Britain’s oldest dedicated tortoise sanctuary is closing her doors to visitors after council chiefs reclassified her business as a zoo.