He Grabs A Very Strange Looking Egg. What Pops Out Is The Most Unexpected Surprise!

Baby tortoises are known as hatchlings.  Like all other species, two babies can form in one egg; the twins in the upcoming video, were the hatchlings of a Western Hermann tortoise.  As the tortoise was giving birth at the Garden State Tortoise Center, it’s founder, Chris Leone, noticed that the larger of the two hatchlings was struggling.

The two babies were sharing the same yolk sac and couldn’t detach.  Although intervening in such circumstances is not the usual go-to for Leone, he made a judgement call when observing the struggle that was occurring.  He felt that neither twin would survive without help separating.  It was necessary to wait for the yolk sac to be absorbed before he could intervene.

The procedure he used is a very delicate one.  Watching him, (with the aid of an assistant to hold the hatchlings still), use a piece of unwaxed plain dental floss to help them to naturally detach, was amazing.  The video below shows them doing so, in an incubator, after being placed on moist paper towels.  Within a few days they were able to separate.  They were eating and drinking well. These adorable little twins are thriving, thanks to Leone’s good judgement call.

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