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Old 06-05-2022, 05:23 PM   #1
Albino Galapagos Tortoise born

A "never before been observed" albino Galapagos giant tortoise made its first public debut at a Swiss zoo on Friday.

"With his red eyes and white shell, he's the new Swiss mascot," a post on the zoo's social media said.

The Galapagos giant tortoise is an endangered species, with fewer than 15,000 alive today, according to Tropiquarium.

The tortoises were bred through a species conservation program, which considers any tortoise birth to be exceptional. But an albino baby tortoise is unheard of.

The albino baby hatched on May 1, two-and-a-half months after the mother laid five eggs on Feb. 11,

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