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Zookeepers capture moment spiny hill turtle emerges from shell

A tiny turtle made a timely debut last week, becoming the first ever of its kind to hatch at London Zoo just in time for World Turtle Day.

Credit: London Zoo

Zookeepers captured the moment the spiny hill turtle came out of its shell on a time lapse camera, after keeping a close eye on the egg during its 136 day incubation period.

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The hatchling used its special egg-tooth to break the shell's surface early in the morning, and it took 36 hours to completely push its way out. The egg-tooth, which is a tiny sharp white bump on the turtle's head, will soon fall off now its job is done.

– Francesca Servini, London Zoo