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At The Age Of 80, An Endangered Tortoise Becomes A Mother For The First Time

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A turtle’s lifespan is estimated to be between 10 and 80 years. As a result, most turtles are too elderly to reproduce by the age of 80 and are content to live out their lives.

For a tortoise named Nigrita, however, it is the age at which she becomes a mother for the first time, proving that “age is just a number.”

Credits: ZOO ZURICH/SAMUEL FURRER

Nigrita is an 80-year-old Galapagos tortoise who lives in Switzerland’s Zoo Zürich. She is also making a significant effect in the conservation of her endangered species.

The Galapagos Tortoise is the largest tortoise species unique to the islands. They can weigh up to 900 pounds and live for more than 150 years.

Credits: ZOO ZURICH/SAMUEL FURRER

They are regarded as one of the world’s longest-living animals. Unfortunately, due to greedy humans and ravenous predators, the species is endangered, with only ten individuals remaining in the wild.

As a result, Nigrita is currently part of a zoo breeding effort aimed at resurrecting the species from extinction.

Credits: ZOO ZURICH/SAMUEL FURRER

As a result, the news of Nigrita becoming a first-time mother has gone viral. Nigrita and her hatchlings have captured everyone’s hearts after giving birth to nine eggs.

Jumbo is the father, and he is only 54 years old. In fact, Galapagos tortoises don’t give birth until they’re roughly 40 years old, thus Nigrita is in her prime.

Credits: ZOO ZURICH/SAMUEL FURRER

“Nigrita is our oldest animal in the zoo,” said Robert Zingg of the Zurich Zoo. “She is probably in her best years to lay eggs.” 

“The newborns weigh around five ounces each, so we have to wait a little, until they’ll grow as big as their mom.”

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