Galápagos Tortoise and Baby
A Galápagos tortoise dwarfs her newborn in this photo released in October by the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in New South Wales, Australia.
The hatchling weighed roughly 3 ounces (87 grams) at birth. It will take 30 years for the baby to reach a similar girth as its mother—a massive 564 pounds (256 kilograms).
Galápagos tortoises are the longest-lived of all vertebrates, with average lifespans of more than a hundred years.
Why We Love It
"I really like the scale provided in this image. It shows both how small the young turtle is compared to the adult, and also how much it will grow in a relatively short amount of time. Not to mention, it's a fun photo!" —Web Barr, associate photo producer
—Korena Di Roma
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