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Tortoise hatchlings photo 1

Hatchlings from eggs collected from Espanola Island are kept safely under a heavy cover at night, to keep rats from getting at them. When they are around five years old they will be returned to the natura habitat, but only after they have been given a little orientation to learn how to survive in the wild. Photo by David Braun.