While we've been caught up at home with the birth of a new baby panda at the National Zoo, our friends across the pond in Britain have their own tiny, adorable new animal births to get excited about. And their new friends were a surprise!
Keepers at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham were shocked to find two baby Roti Island snake-necked turtles swimming in their tank last week. They had no idea one of the turtles had laid eggs before seeing the adorable little guys getting acquainted with their new home. "The first we knew of it was when we came in one morning and found these two youngsters swimming around," curator Graham Burrows told reporters. The turtles are now being cared for ahead of their public debut next week.
But their birth is news itself considering the puny number of Roti Island snake-necked turtles there are in existence. Including the two just born, there are only 250 Roti Island snake-necked turtles living in captivity. "That’s more than the population left in the wild," Burrows said. The species is one of the Turtle Conservation Fund's 25 most endangered types of turtles in the world.
It's a little heartbreaking to know something so cute could be so endangered.