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If meeting interesting wildlife is one of your top priorities while traveling, then make sure you add Zurich to your list of places to go as its 80-year-old Galapagos tortoise just hatched 9 little tortoises.

Zoo keepers and visitors alike are ecstatic after the birth of 9 baby Galapagos tortoises at the Zurich Zoo. Nigrita, the 80-year-old tortoise is the oldest animal at the zoo, but is in her best years for laying eggs right now. The 220-pound turtle has been living at the zoo since 1946 and laid the eggs back in the fall and were kept in an incubator until they began to hatch in February. Negrita is now the mother of 91 offspring since she first starting laying eggs in 1980.

These are the first tortoise hatchlings she’s had with turtle partner Jumbo, who weighs an impressive 440 pounds.

Zurich Zoo is the only facility in Europe that breeds Galapagos tortoises, which can live up to 150 years. And what can we say, they’re just so cute! Catch these little creatures on display when you touch down in Switzerland on flights to Zurich.

Image: Galapagos Giant Tortoise by James Southern / Flickr cc.

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