On July 30th, KTTC welcomed its first hatchling of the season. As the 172nd turtle admitted to the centre this season, it is affectionately referred to as “PATU 2012-172”.

Hatching season is always the most exciting time of the season for staff and volunteers. It comes as a reward at the end of a long and busy summer dealing with badly injured adult turtles. Watching the first hatchling struggle its way out of its shell helps solidify the reasons why we do this important work. It reminds us that we are making a difference and having an impact on a struggling population. With nearly 1,000 eggs incubating from four different species, including Blanding’s Turtles, Northern Map Turtles, Midland Painted Turtles and Snapping Turtles, we are looking forward to a busy few months as the flood gates open and more babies start to hatch each day.