Australia's rare galapagos tortoise in great shape

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Added On July 8, 2019

Weighing in at 178 kilograms and being one of the few remaining Galapagos tortoises in the world, Hugo gets a lot of love and attention from zookeepers in Australian Reptile Park.

 
Due to their vegetarian diet and mostly sedentary lifestyle, Galapagos tortoises can live for around 175 years, which makes Hugo barely middle aged.
 
Zookeeper Daniel Rumsey said it is important for Hugo's health and growth to be monitored, as often reptiles don’t show obvious signs of illness until it is too late.
 
But, tests show that Hugo is fit and healthy, and is ready to meet Estrella, who will fly to Australia from Germany later this year to take part in a breeding program.
 
After the annual check up, Hugo will return to his duties at the park which include eating, taking walks, and getting his neck scratched, until his long awaited soul mate finally arrives.