Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Rare Vietnamese box turtle hatches at Bristol Zoo

13 August 2014 Last updated at 11:47

One of the world's rarest turtles has hatched at a British zoo.

The Vietnamese box turtle, a critically endangered species, emerged after being kept at a constant temperature in an incubator at Bristol Zoo Gardens for 85 days.

Now six weeks old, the creature weighs just half an ounce and is the size of a matchbox.

It is currently being kept off-show from zoo visitors in a climate-controlled quarantine room.

Once old enough, it will join the six adult box turtles in the Asian turtle breeding room in the zoo's reptile house.

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