Beal's four-eyed turtle born at Tennessee Aquarium

You might want to look twice at a new turtle born at the Tennessee Aquarium.

A rare Beal's four-eyed turtle hatched at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Photo Courtesy: Tennessee Aquarium)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- You might want to look twice at a new turtle born at the Tennessee Aquarium.

You might think the turtle is looking twice as well.

The Beal's four-eyed turtle is a rare species, of which only 21 are known to exist in zoos and aquariums in the United States and Europe.

Two markings on the back of the turtles' heads look like a spare set of eyes.

A news release from aquarium officials in Chattanooga said the overall survival of the species may be helped by breeding efforts at the Tennessee Aquarium, which has six others.

The hatchling just born is not on display yet, but last year's hatchling can be seen at the Rivers of the World Gallery.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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