Galapagos tortoise celebrates 50th birthday at Australian zoo

PERTH, AUSTRALIA (NBC) — A Galapagos tortoise at Australia’s Perth Zoo celebrated his 50th birthday on Monday.

Local media reported the tortoise named Cerro was treated to a special birthday cake made from some of his favorite fruits, such a watermelon, strawberries, kiwifruit and pumpkin.

Perth Zoo said Cerro was born at the San Diego Zoo and was transported to the western Australian city in 2005.

According to the zoo, there are about 20,000 Galapagos tortoises left in the wild.

Some of their main threats include rats, dogs and cats, making them vulnerable to extinction.

They are the largest tortoises in the world and can live past 100 years old.

“Cerro loves, absolutely loves food,” Emily Trainer, Perth Zoo Zookeeper, said. “So, we feed him his breakfast in the morning, so usually that would be things like a little bit of browse or leaves, and
fruit and flowers, and then he’ll spend the rest of the day in his mud wallow having a bit of bathe, particularly on hot days.”