WARM SPRINGS, Ga. — Several tortoises were welcomed into the world Tuesday after several eggs were saved and brought to a hatchery in West Georgia.
A biologist at the Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery captured the moments that several gopher tortoises started breaking through their eggs.
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“The hatchery has incubators set up to hatch the eggs, as well as everything needed to head start the tortoises a couple of years after hatching,” the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said in a Facebook post. “Getting a head start on size greatly increases their chances of survival to adulthood, as predation is a big problem for hatchling tortoises.”
A total of five tortoises hatched Tuesday.
DNR said that the tortoises will eventually be released into some of the state’s wildlife management areas.
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