The thought of having nine children is not something that crosses the mind of many 80-year-olds. This is only true of course if you are talking about the human race. This is not very uncommon when it comes to the world of reptiles or more specifically tortoises. Just recently a giant 80-year-old Galapagos tortoise hatched nine eggs at the Zurich Zoo in Sweden.
The father of these nine Galapagos tortoises is a 54-year-old jumbo tortoise that weighs 440 pounds. The hatchlings of Galapagos tortoises typically weigh between 4 and 5 ounces at birth. Negrita, the mother of these nine hatchlings, came to the Zurich Zoo back in 1946 and laid her first eggs in 1980 but unfortunately none of them lived. Negrita’s breed of tortoise is known for living up to a hundred and fifty years, so she is just now in her prime.
This, however, is a very shocking feat as Zurich Zoo is the only entity in Europe that has been able to successfully breed Galapagos tortoises in captivity. The shocking truth is while many people would never dream of having kids this tortoise may just be getting started.