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80-Year-Old Giant Galapagos Tortoise Has 9 Hatchlings at Zurich Zoo

Galapagos tortoises can live for up to 150 years

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    Jumbo enjoys a meal alongside some of his offspring in Zurich Zoo.

    A giant 80-year-old  Galápagos tortoise laid nine eggs that hatched at the Zurich Zoo in Switzerland, the only institution in Europe to successfully breed Galápagos tortoises in captivity, NBC News reported.

    The 220-pound creature's offsprings each weigh between 4 and 5 ounces. 

    The father, 54-year-old Jumbo, clocks in at around 440 pounds.

    The tortoise, named Nigrita, is of a Galápagos species with the scientific name Chelonoidis nigra. The reptiles can live for up to 150 years.

    Nigrita came to the zoo in 1946 and laid her first eggs in 1980, although none of these survived.