Instahatch #58 was shipped 1,258 miles to Gilbert, Arizona. This Sulcata Instahatch egg was shipped on 4/22/19, delivered on 4/23/19 and place in a 7 egg tiny incubator. The day after it arrived the outer shell starting to crack, but looked liked drying mud more so than a pip. So the owner cranked the humidity. A few days later, nothing happened. Then on 4/26/19 the egg was manually opened a little by the owner. She noticed that the Sulcata was still in its Amniotic membrane. Over the next 24 hours, she was able to witness what happens inside an egg days before hatching. The membrane started to dry up, The baby tortoise started to breath real oxygen. So inside the egg, this would happen as well. The membrane would dry up, it would start to breath oxygen from the air sac. Combined with absorbing its yolk sac, it would have enough energy to break the egg, which is pipping. This is not an ideal hatch, this was very stressful for me and for the owner. This has most likely happened to a lot of tortoise breeders, we have learned from other breeders how to manage it. this lady did an amazing job caring for this premature hatchling. I am uber impressed with her husbandry. This little Sulcata is still in the incubator absorbing the remaining of its yolk sac.