A bale of Arakan forest turtles — a critically endangered species — were welcomed to the world recently at an aquarium in Tennessee. 

The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, announced the arrival of seven hatchlings. 

The aquarium put out a press release with the good news and shared that it’s rare for all seven of the eggs that were laid to fully emerge. 

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Aquarium herpetology coordinator Bill Hughes told Fox News Digital that welcoming all seven turtles from the laid eggs was exciting. 

"There is excitement here any time a turtle hatches, but the rarity and conservation status of the Arakan forest turtles makes this recent event even more exciting," he said. 

Arakan Forest Turtles

Arakan forest turtles hatched at the Tennessee Aquarium —?making them the largest hatchling group at the Tennessee Aquarium. (Tennessee Aquarium/Doug Strickland)

The aquarium said the Arakan forest turtles are endangered due to habitat destruction in Myanmar and Bangladesh and the "unwelcomed attention of illegal traffickers supplying the pet trade and food markets."

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The turtles’ population has decreased 80% over the last 75 years, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. 

The new arrivals in Tennessee are considered the largest group of Arakan forest turtles ever to hatch at a facility accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), according to the Tennessee Aquarium. 

Arakan Forest Turtle hatching

Photos captured the turtles hatching at the Tennessee Aquarium.? (Tennessee Aquarium/Doug Strickland)

The aquarium added that these turtles can only be found at six facilities nationwide due to their rarity. 

This isn’t the first time the Tennessee Aquarium has stuck gold with birthing new Arakan forest turtles.

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Last year, the aquarium welcomed its first-ever Arakans ?— two turtles that emerged from six eggs that were laid. 

In the last year alone, Hughes said that the population of Arakan forest turtles in AZA facilities like its own has increased over 25%.

"These hatchlings increase the number of individuals in AZA facilities by over 25%, which helps the long-term viability of this population, and each of these hatchlings helps ensure the continued existence of this critically endangered species," he told Fox News Digital. 

Arakan Forest turtles

The turtles are endangered, so the successful hatching of seven new turtles was considered a success by experts.? (Tennessee Aquarium/Doug Strickland)

Hughes said in a press release that "having a viable population spread across zoos and aquariums is important."

He added, "Then, if something happened to the last few in the wild, they wouldn’t totally be extinct."

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Hughes said he hopes to hatch enough new Arakans to get a surplus and distribute some to other zoos in an effort to eliminate the risk of endangerment. 

Arakan Forest Turtle

The small turtles will soon be available for viewing at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee.? (Tennessee Aquarium/Doug Strickland)

The rare turtles will be available for viewing by visitors to the aquarium soon, it said. 

The species is known to live in mountainous evergreen and bamboo forests. 

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The turtles typically eat vegetation, bamboo flowers and immature bamboo seeds, according to the Turtle Survival Alliance.

"Camouflaged by its dark brown skin and dark brown to tan carapace, this turtle seamlessly blends into the leafy forest floor it traverses," said the same organization. "This turtle has been observed burrowing under leaves during the hottest parts of the day, and is largely active at night."

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