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A big dill: Mr. Pickles, a 90-year-old tortoise, becomes a first-time dad – National

Ninety-year-old Mr. Pickles the Turtle becomes a father for the first time and has three adorable cubs.

Last Thursday, the Houston Zoo in Texas announced that its oldest resident welcomed Three cleverly named baby turtles – jalapenos, gherkins and dill – with 53-year-old companion Mrs. Pickles.

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Since Mrs. Pickles came to the zoo in 1996, the Pickles pair have been partners for almost 30 years.

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dubbingsweet baby picklesThe trio of radial turtles was quite a surprise to the keepers. was found and brought to safety.

One of the newest members of the Pickles family.

One of the newest members of the Pickles family.

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According to the blog post announcing the birth, Houston’s soil is unholy for the turtle, which is native to Madagascar. eggs are less likely to hatch If the keepers weren’t there that night.

Even more impressive is that giant tortoises usually live only around 40 or 50 years old and do not produce many offspring.

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And while the zoo calls their latest addition “Big Dill,” it says the trio will stay “behind the scenes” until they’re big enough to join their parents.

think radiation turtle endangered According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, due to habitat loss, poaching and exploitation from the illegal pet trade, “Red List” of endangered species.

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Being a first-time father is just the latest in Mr. Pickles’ impressive resume. It is

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