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josh.p.
27-07-2009, 10:21 AM
This is the special little baby that needed some help hatching. It pipped on Saturday Morning. By saturday Night it was not much further out but I decided to leave it as nature obviously knows best. By 12 noon on Sunday it had not go much further, a leg was poking out, so I put it in a humid 'tent' and went back to the bunk house where the HK group where staying. At about 8 that night it had turned around in the egg but the egg was so dry it was having difficulty getting out.
After much debate I decided to help her out of the egg. I sprayed her lots and put her in a warm humid towel in the incubator for an hour, and then I took the egg out of the incubator and gently prised some shell away with tweezers. The egg was like concrete so I decided I would have to get her right out of the egg. I pulled a little bit of egg away so I could see if there was a yolk sack, and was shocked to find the baby inside was literally doubled over. She had a tiny yolk sack but she would have died if I had left her in the egg so I decided to interfere. One he was out I put her in a very humid pot inside the incubator, lined with damp kitchen roll, and left her in over night. The next morning when I checked she had dug down to the bottom and her yolk sack was fully absorbed. She weighed 13g, 14 after a bath.
Here are the pics:
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Disneybumble
27-07-2009, 10:25 AM
Oh little sweetheart. Will she make it Josh.

Tink
27-07-2009, 10:25 AM
Goodness! That's some work you've done there, Josh. I think it was a good choice you made; to help the wee one out.

You'll need a special name for her!

Isafari
27-07-2009, 10:30 AM
Awe, how precious is she!!! Please keep us updated on how she's doing Josh.

foreverducky
27-07-2009, 10:39 AM
Awww, poor little thing! Good call Josh!

josh.p.
27-07-2009, 10:52 AM
Oh little sweetheart. Will she make it Josh.
Yes :yes: Theres no reason for her not to- Whilst its not common it's not unheard of, and as long as they absorb the whole yolk sack there is no reason for them not to thrive. She has already eaten and is just as lively as the other babies :) (This was last week that she hatched, not this weekend)

Josh

ukwdwnut
27-07-2009, 10:57 AM
awww they are all soooooo sweet josh and didnt realise how small they are

mumof2
27-07-2009, 11:39 AM
oh my goodness, well done Josh - i hope she's going to be ok :hug2:

lisaw
27-07-2009, 12:46 PM
Aww bless her, and well done to you Josh for helping to bring her into the world safely :yes:

Kate
27-07-2009, 03:14 PM
Oh josh she is just so sweet! When they are out its incredible to think they came out of such a tiny egg!

Claire
27-07-2009, 04:12 PM
Tortoise midwifery! Well done Josh. :thumbs-up:

Ursula
27-07-2009, 04:22 PM
I've never really thought about how they are born or anything so I'm learning from you Josh. Thank goodness you were there to help and knew what to do.

Deb
28-07-2009, 06:06 AM
Josh, you are brilliant :hug2:

Incredible pics too :thumbsup:

sunsetlakes
28-07-2009, 01:43 PM
What an incredible job Josh, you did so well and so did the little one.................. I'm so pleased for both of you. Will her shell totally sort itself out or will it always show that she had such a difficult time and was breach? What a little darling, I can imagine she will now be very special to you, I love her - a true survivor

Slowhand
28-07-2009, 02:10 PM
That`s fantastic Josh, well done. :thumbsup:[David Attenborough had better watch out for competition here! :lol:]

josh.p.
28-07-2009, 03:27 PM
What an incredible job Josh, you did so well and so did the little one.................. I'm so pleased for both of you. Will her shell totally sort itself out or will it always show that she had such a difficult time and was breach? What a little darling, I can imagine she will now be very special to you, I love her - a true survivor
She looks exactly like the others now. I have had to put dots on them to tell them apart :point:


That`s fantastic Josh, well done. :thumbsup:[David Attenborough had better watch out for competition here! :lol:]
I wish! I would *LOVE* to do his job :yes:

Dorothy
28-07-2009, 03:42 PM
You should name her "Lucky" because she is very lucky to have someone like you to help her :hug2:

sunsetlakes
28-07-2009, 03:56 PM
Josh, thats amazing - she looked so creased when in the egg and straight after I thought she must still show signs of what she had been through :hug2:

josh.p.
28-07-2009, 03:57 PM
She is eating as we speak :yes:

SleepinCatz
28-07-2009, 05:37 PM
Bless you Josh...well done!

Karen
28-07-2009, 10:12 PM
Well done Josh, you should be so proud :)

PsychoAlice
29-07-2009, 12:17 AM
so is that kinda like a Tortoise C-section? Good job!