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Rare baby reptile dating back to dinosaur age is found on New Zealand mainland for first time in 200 years
A hatchling of a rare reptile with lineage dating back to the dinosaur age has been found in the wild on the New Zealand mainland for the first time in 200 years, a wildlife official revealed today.
The baby tuatara was discovered by staff during routine maintenance work at the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary in the capital, Wellington, conservation manager Raewyn Empson said.
'We are all absolutely thrilled with this discovery,' she said. 'It
Tuatara are the last lizard-like descendants of a reptile species that walked the Earth alongside dinosaurs 225 million years ago, say zoologists.
There are estimated to be about 50,000 living in the wild on 32 small offshore islands cleared of predators, but this is the first time a hatchling has been seen on the mainland in about 200 years.
" All i am saying is that life always finds a way".