FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)– The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo added a new member to the Indonesian Rain Forest.
The small black-breasted leaf turtle is an endangered species found typically in southeast Asia, they are threatened due to habitat destruction and over-collection.
When these turtles are born they weigh no more than a quarter and will grow to be about four to five inches in length.
While ZooKeepers are excited about the new animal, they are waiting to make sure the turtle will thrive before putting it on display.
The little guy was born on May 10, and is the first black-breasted leaf turtle born in three years at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. The zoo has had 6 successful hatches previously.