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One of Mr. Pickles’s hatchlings.WHO: Mr. and Mrs. Pickles, two radiated tortoises at the Houston Zoo.WHAT: They are the proud parents of three new hatchlings: Dill, Gherkin, and Jalepeño Pickles.WHY IT’S SO GREAT: Well, first of all, tiny babies are always great, especially when they have itsy-bitsy tortoise shells and wee little beaks, with teeny feet that are all pigeon-toed and whatnot. But these bundles of joy are even more miraculous, as the radiated tortoise, native to the forests and scrublands of Madagascar, is a critically endangered species. And Mr. and Mrs. Pickles are in many ways the Abraham and Sarah of the tortoise world, becoming parents at 90 and 53 years of age. The Pickleses first met in 1996, when Mrs. Pickles (née unknown) arrived at the Houston Zoo.…

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