An 80-year-old turtle on the brink of extinction has given birth to its first calf🐢

First-time mom – While most animal species don’t even live to be 80 years old, for Nigrita, the turtle, this is the age when she gave birth for the very first time. An event all the happier as its species is endangered.

Nigrita is an 80-year-old Galapagos tortoise who lives at Zurich Zoo in Switzerland.

Native to the islands of the same name, the Galapagos tortoise is the largest species of tortoise, weighing up to 900lb. They are also capable of living more than 150 years. Unfortunately, in the 1970s the species was on the brink of extinction and only ten individuals remained in the wild.

She also makes a big difference to her endangered species

Nigrita laid her first eggs this year. Most species don’t live to be 80 years old, let alone give birth at that age, but for his species, it’s completely normal!

In fact, these turtles usually don’t start breeding until they are around 40 years old. Galapagos tortoises are known to be one of the longest living animals on Earth. By turtle standards, Nigrita is in her prime. Although Galapagos tortoises can live to be over 150 years old, there aren’t many left. The species is in danger from greedy humans and hungry predators. Nigrita is currently part of a breeding program at the zoo, which makes her nine cubs all the more special. It is up to turtles like Nigrita to ensure the survival of her species.


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