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Star turn, day of the jackal and testy snakes at Delhi zoo

delhi Updated: Apr 13, 2010 00:44 IST
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Did you know that Indian star tortoises are herbivorous and primarily eat grass or sometimes even cacti? Or for that matter, these tortoises have a life span of about 40-50 years?

You can learn about such trivia when you visit the National Zoological Park (NZP). After a mandatory quarantine of 21 days, the Zoo administration on Monday opened as many as 10 Indian star tortoises for public viewing.

These tortoises — named so because of the star patterns on its shell — have been brought to the NZP, popularly known as Delhi Zoo, from Bengaluru. “Along with the tortoises, we also have brought in a pair of Russell Vipers from Bengal. These too have been put up for public viewing last week,” Zoo Director Anand Krishna said.

In the Reptile House of the Zoo, the visitors, especially the children, had a gala time enjoying the new star attractions. “Look, the small one is going there so fast,” an excited eight-year-old child told his father as most of the young tortoises freely roamed around in the glass-walled enclosure while two kept cuddled in one corner.

The zoo has more new guests: a pair of fox and a pair of jackals from the zoo at Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh.

“These animals came in the first week of April but they were released in the enclosures recently after quarantine,” the Zoo officer said.

The Delhi Zoo had a pair or jackals a long time ago. But prior to the arrival of the new pair, there were none.