Nigrita is an 80-year-old tortoise who recently became a mom after giving birth to her nine hatchlings at the Zurich Zoo in Switzerland. Becoming a mom at 80 years old may seem unusual, but Nigrita is considered to be in her prime by Galapagos tortoise standards. This species of tortoise is one of the longest living on Earth, often living to over 100 years old. According to National Geographic, they are also one of the world’s largest tortoises, with some reaching up to 550 pounds.
Unfortunately, Galapagos tortoises are now considered endangered, and many efforts have been made to repopulate the species. Nigrita and her nine hatchlings are part of the rehabilitation program at the Zurich Zoo designed to save the Galapagos tortoise from extinction. News about the birth of her hatchlings has already spread all over the internet, and millions of people have shared her remarkable story on social media.
The employees at the Zurich Zoo hope that Nigrita’s hatchlings will be able to live until 2216, and revitalize the dying species over time. Below are a few pictures that show Nigrita enjoying her experience as a first-time mom.
Nigrita is far from a senior. The oldest living Galapagos tortoise was 152 years old!
Her hatchlings could easily outlive every single human being currently alive today.
Just like any mom, Nigrita likes to keep a close eye on her young.
This picture gives you an idea of just how tiny each hatchling is.
Each hatchling weighs between four and five ounces at birth.
Decades from now, they will grow to almost five feet.
This is their dad, Jumbo, a 440-pound tortoise!
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