Staff at a Birmingham aquarium are celebrating the arrival of a dozen rare turtles whose global numbers are said to be critically low.
The Indian spotted turtles - the first of their species to be born in the UK - emerged from their eggs within hours of each at Birmingham's National Sea Life Centre.
Keepers say all the reptiles appear to be in perfect health and will soon be weaned on a diet of small crustaceans and bloodworm.
The turtles are the offspring of one of only four breeding pairs of adult Indian spotted turtles in Europe, which came to the Sea Life Centre from Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands.
Originally taken from the wild, they are believed to about 45 years old.
Sea Life Centre curator Graham Burrows said: "This is a real coup for our new turtle-breeding facility.
"The new babies will eventually be registered with an international studbook programme to be paired up with others at similar facilities around the world."