The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park celebrated the first birthday of their male Indian gharial hatchling, Makara, on Monday, June 12, 2017. A critically endangered species of crocodile native to south Asia, Makara’s 2016 birth at the Alligator Farm marked the first successful hatching of an Indian gharial in captivity outside of India or Nepal. A difficult animal to breed it captivity, his birth was an accomplishment that the zoo worked towards for more than two decades, since 1991. Makara is 26 inches long, having doubled from 13 inches at hatch, and is expected to grow to be approximately 13 to 15 feet. He is pictured standing inside of his enclosure on Monday with a miniature birthday hat balanced briefly on his head. Makara shared his birthday celebration with six baby Galapagos tortoises. The tortoises, who began hatching on the same day, were the first of the endangered species to be bred at the Alligator Farm. (Christina Kelso/ The St. Augustine Record)