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By Stephen Messenger, TreeHugger Having children is one of the most important, life-changing decisions a person can make — and one endangered tortoise in particular certainly didn’t rush it. After many long decades of life unfettered by offspring, a zoo-kept Galapagos tortoise has delighted conservationists by finally embracing motherhood at 90 years old. The new mom, known as T3 by her keepers, had been attempting to breed for the last ten years, but she was only successful recently — with a male tortoise less than half her age. In other words, this tortoise is a cougar too. The birth of a new Galapagos tortoise isn’t just a big deal for the new mother, it’s a positive step forward for the species as a whole. With only around 20,000 of the big tortoises left on the planet, any new additions helps ensure they’ll be around for future generations — and that’s precisely why T...

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