With a face only a mother could love - a baby tuatara was captured on film as it hatched out of its egg at Victoria University of Wellington.
Twenty three eggs were incubated in captivity this year, as a part of an intensive conservation recovery plan between Victoria University, the Department of Conservation (DoC) and local Mana Whenua Ngati Manuhiri, to help save the tuatara from extinction.
Captured using a low-cost microcomputer and infrared camera, the tuatara took seven hours to hatch and was the last of the twenty three eggs.
The baby reptile also happens to be the 255th tuatara to be hatched at Victoria University since the programme began in the early 1990s.
Watch the time-lapse of the tuatara hatching below:
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