Raising babies is hard, but bringing up the babies of endangered species—like sea turtles—is something else. If you've ever wondered what it was like to work with adorable, and endangered, animals, look through these behind-the-scenes pictures of rescues, rehabilitation, and releases. Full story:
  1. Get It!
    A worker feeds pieces of octopus to a young Kemp's ridley sea turtle. This turtle recently had stomach surgery and didn't have much of an appetite, so it had to be fed by hand. (Photo by Esther Horvath)
  2. Meal Time
    Workers with the New England Aquarium prepare a snack for their reptilian charges at the Marine Animal Rescue Team facility in Quincy, Massachusetts. (Photo by Esther Horvath)
  3. Check-Up
    A Kemp's ridley sea turtle undergoes a CAT scan at the Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital while veterinarian Julie Cavin (right) monitors. The scan will help Cavin determine the extent of this turtle's injuries. (Photo by Esther Horvath)
  4. Starved
    A naturalist loads a dead loggerhead sea turtle into a van for transport to the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in Massachusetts. The turtle swallowed a 10- to 15-foot-long fishing line and likely died because it could no longer feed. (Photo by Esther Horvath)
  5. Egg Hunt
    Biologist Cynthia Rubio probes for Kemp's ridley sea turtle eggs at Padre Island National Seashore in Texas. Workers dig up the eggs and bring them to hatching facilities to keep them safe from predators. (Photo by Esther Horvath)
  6. Ready to Go
    A young loggerhead turtle is fit to return to the wild after an eight-month stint at a Massachusetts rehabilitation center. (Photo by Esther Horvath)
  7. Release
    Staff and volunteers with the New England Aquarium help tote rescued sea turtles on a Florida beach for their release back into the wild. Their charges included 27 Kemp's ridley, 2 green, and 2 loggerhead turtles. (Photo by Esther Horvath)
  8. Homeward Bound
    A crowd watches as a Kemp's ridley sea turtle sloshes through the surf on its way back to the wild off of Assateague Island, Maryland. (Photo by Esther Horvath)