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TV Times - - Wildlife -

‘You wouldn’t ex­pect al­li­ga­tors to have mas­sive ma­ter­nal in­stincts, but they do.

The mother is in­cred­i­bly pro­tec­tive of the egg and holds them ever so gen­tly in her mouth. When the ba­bies were ready to hatch, they started chirp­ing in­side the egg, so were com­mu­ni­cat­ing be­fore they even hatched. i found it re­ally mov­ing.

‘rep­tile eggs are gen­er­ally soft, not like birds’ eggs, so when their snouts were stick­ing out, i helped them out by gen­tly squeez­ing what felt like a weird, rub­bery ping-pong ball un­til out plopped a baby!

‘You won’t be­lieve that an­i­mal fit­ted into that egg when you see it un­fold. it’s like a Hou­dini trick!’

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