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Emerson steps into Toledo Zoo exhibit

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Visitors watch as Emerson, the Gal‡ápagos tortoise that arrived Wednesday night, explores his temporary exhibit at The Toledo Zoo.

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Emerson explores the grass in his temporary exhibit at The Toledo Zoo on August 28, 2014.

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Visitors watch through the bass as Emerson, the Galápagos tortoise that arrived Wednesday night, steps out of his heated shed today to take his first steps into his temporary exhibit at The Toledo Zoo.

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Herpetologist Val Hornyak, left, coaxes Emerson, the Galá‡pgos tortoise that arrived Wednesday night, out of his heated shed today to take his first steps into his temporary exhibit.

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Emerson, the Galá‡pagos tortoise that arrived Wednesday night, peaks out of his heated shed.

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Dr. Kim Rainwater, the zoo veterinarian, left, and Herpetologist Val Hornyak, right, watch Emerson stretch his body on his first appearance at The Toledo Zoo.

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Herpetologist Val Hornyak, left, pets Emerson, the Gal‡pagos tortoise in his temporary exhibit space at The Toledo Zoo on August 28, 2014.

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Andy Odum, Toledo Zoo assistant director of animal programs and curator of herpetology, pets Emerson.

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Herpetologist Val Hornyak, left, pets Emerson.

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Visitors watch as Emerson, the Gal‡ápagos tortoise that arrived Wednesday night, steps out of his heated shed today to take his first steps into his temporary exhibit at The Toledo Zoo.

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Emerson eats a carrot on his first day in the temporary exhibit at The Toledo Zoo.

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