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    Default Giant tortoise gives birth to 45 babies at Linton Zoo‎

    With 45 babies to look after, it's to be hoped that Kali the tortoise lives up to her name, which means 'energetic'.
    Currently just four inches long, these hatchlings are African Sulcatas, the third largest tortoise species in the world, and will eventually grow to between 24 and 36 inches long, and weigh up to 14 and a half stone.
    Kali, aged 30, laid two clutches of eggs in March and April in Linton Zoo in Cambridgeshire.

    Learning to crawl: Kali, pictured with some of her 45 children, is hard pressed to keep up with the huge brood

    Tortoise and the haring off: Kali, right, and Louis, one of four possible fathers to the clan, chase after their herd

    A female usually lays between 15 and 30 eggs, not all of which hatch, and the species can live for up to 70 years.
    A zoo spokesman said it was unclear which of their four adult males is the father.
    They are the third largest species of tortoise in the world, second only to the Galapagos and the Aldabra.
    Zoo spokeswomen Dawny Greenwood has simply been battling to get the tiny tortoises to look at the camera at the same time - a problem many parents will find familiar.

    Scaling new heights: The babies are only four inches long, but will reach 24 to 36 inches by adulthood

    She said: 'Getting these newly hatched all looking the same way proved to be an impossible task.
    'Babies are not normally kept loose in the paddock with the adults, but enjoy the comfort and safety of nice warm vivariums with UV and Infra-red lamps, but we wanted to try to get a nice family portrait.
    'The Sulcata giant tortoises have always featured highly with us, our herd of six breeding adults average around 40 years old and they are all ex-pets.
    'One has travelled the world with its former owner having been rescued as a hatchling from children using him as a football in Mauritania, Africa.

    Giant ambition: Hulking Kali, right, and Louis play with the babies at Linton Zoo, where they were born

    'We are not sure of the dad as we have four males - Louis is pictured as it is a case of "who's the daddy then?"'
    Kali is 30 years old and weighs 9st 6lbs, measuring 30 inches in length. The average lifespan of a Sulcata - or African spurred tortoise - is 30 to 50 years but tortoises are some of the longest lived creatures on the planet, with the oldest on record reportedly reaching 165 years old.
    Ms Greenwood described how the eggs - which are usually around the size of golf balls - were protected after they hatched.
    'The female tortoise will dig out a large scrape in which to lay the eggs, however each year the eggs have to be removed as the climate here does not allow for natural hatching.
    'The eggs are collected and incubated at a constant 30 degrees until hatching.'

    Read more: African Sulcata tortoise keeps pace with 45 babies at Linton Zoo | Mail Online

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    Four possible fathers? I can see this being on Maury.
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    That "sult"!
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    Oh my god, that is so cool! I just want to squeeze all the mini-torts. Now, if they were snakes or cockroaches....shudder....
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    Take that, Michelle Duggar.
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    Man, that tortoise got around didn't she? Those babies are awfully cute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C_is_for_Cookie View Post
    Take that, Michelle Duggar.
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    Kali is thanking the heavens she's not a mammal.

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    aaw, they're so cute!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stef View Post
    aaw, they're so cute!
    I know! And they each come in their own little serving bowl!
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    ^lol

    so cute!!!!!

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    It's the Daily Fail so it's a giant load of crap.

    "babies to look after", " hard pressed to keep up with the huge brood", "chase after their herd", "play with the babies"

    Bullshit.

    Tortoises hatch and are out on their own. They are not raised by the parents. They are not looked after by the parents. (so the comparison with Michelle Duggar is dead on) The only reason we see them all together like this is because they have been placed there for a photo opportunity.

    Also, Kali means "black" not "energetic".

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    ^^lies!





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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeSlice View Post
    That "sult"!
    Quote Originally Posted by C_is_for_Cookie View Post
    Take that, Michelle Duggar.
    Too funny!
    They are so cute though, I want to grab them all!
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