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Bravo, Newport Aquarium's giant tortoise, turns 85

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Bravo celebrates his 85th birthday in Turtle Canyon with a special treat made of fruits and vegetables. (Photo: Newport Aquarium) Bravo celebrates his 85th birthday in Turtle Canyon with a special treat made of fruits and vegetables. (Photo: Newport Aquarium)
The giant tortoise shares a birthday with his main caretaker, biologist Michelle Fry. (Photo: Newport Aquarium) The giant tortoise shares a birthday with his main caretaker, biologist Michelle Fry. (Photo: Newport Aquarium)
NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) -

Newport Aquarium's giant Galapagos tortoise celebrated his 85th birthday with a special cake from his favorite fruits and vegetables.

Bravo is the largest turtle in the Midwest at 650 pounds and turns 85-years-old on Saturday. Staffers created a birthday cake for him using watermelon, oranges, carrots, broccoli and lettuce.

The star of Newport Aquarium's new Turtle Canyon exhibit, Bravo hatched April 19, 1929 on the Ecuadorian island of Santa Cruz. He arrived at the United States as part of the last group of tortoises exported from the Galapagos Islands.

Bravo shares his birthday with a close friend. His primary caretaker, biologist Michelle Fry, was also born on April 19.

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