Rough seas caused by Hurricane Bill prevented this tiny week-old trio baby Loggerhead Sea Turtles from safely trekking to the ocean from their nest. Lucky for them, park rangers in Cape Canaveral, Florida scooped them up and sent them to Sea World Orlando's Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Team for a few days of pampering until the seas calm down. Weighing around an ounce at birth, adult Loggerheads reach up to 800lbs!
Loggerheads are threatened by crab and shrimp boats as well as human obstacles that impede their journey from their nest on the beach to the shoreline. Artificial lighting, noise and beach activity can confuse causing them to head away from the ocean and toward parking lots and city streets. Learn more about sea turtles in general on Sea World's info page or about Loggerheads specifically, including how to help, at Oceana.
Smaller than a matchbook (see picture below if you don't believe us) and weighing just 15 grams or the same as a few paper clips, this Chinese box turtle was born a few weeks ago at Bristol Zoo Gardens. Endangered due to overhunting for meat and medicinal purposes, Chinese box turtles are quite social and congregate in groups. In captivity they have been known to live up to 50 years.
Hatching in mud can be messy...
Thanks to ZB reader Meredyth for bring this to our attention.
This week the Knoxville Zoo became one of only four AZA accredited zoos to hatch critically endangered Burmese Star Tortoises. These little babies wriggled out of their shells to much fanfare, as habitat destruction and poaching has decimated the indigenous population in Myanmar. Can you believe anyone would want to eat these little guys (even if they do look grouchy)?!
These reptilian babies are as cute as can be, and they were photographed just one week ago (on my birthday). Get on over to the Frankfurt Zoo to catch a firsthand glimpse. This croc won't be so cuddly for long!
Zoo Frankfurt's baby Australian Freshwater Cocodile makes eyes at photographer Joachim S. Müller...
A Juvenile European pond terrapin goes for a ride...
The Frankfurt Zoological Garden
is the zoo of Frankfurt, Germany. It features over 5,000 animals of
more than 600 species on more than 13 hectares. The zoo was founded in
1858 and is the second oldest Zoo in Germany. It lies in the eastern
part of the Innenstadt (inner city).
Might the Woodland Park Zoo currently be the cutest place on the planet??? Between ocelot kittens, baby galagos and now these Western Pond Turtle hatchlings, I think they may have claimed the title. Born Friday Oct. 17th, 2008 you can watch them grow on the Zoo's blog.