In a surprise, critically endangered creature appears at National Zoo

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Clearly, the mother tortoise is among the more secretive of animals. It hid its egg under a potted cactus, obscuring keepers’ view, Evans said. Although it was known that the species could be stealthy, Evans said, only with the discovery of the hatchling did he realize just “how stealthy they could be.”

More than merely startling curators, the appearance of the quarter-size creature gave them cause to celebrate. It is feared that the species will go extinct in 100 years in its native Madagascar, Evans wrote.



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