Monday, 23 December 2013

Five endangered Chinese turtles born in U.S. zoo

(Reuters) - The birth of five Chinese big-headed turtles in a New York City zoo marks the first time the endangered creatures have been born in the United States, zoo officials said.

The two-inch-long hatchlings emerged in November at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn, according to a statement released Monday by the society.

"With so many of the world's freshwater turtles and tortoises facing extinction, these hatchlings represent significant progress for the conservation of the species," Denise McClean, Director of the Prospect Park Zoo, said in a statement.

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