23 critically-endangered baby turtles hatch

Twenty-three critically endangered "royal turtles" have hatched in Cambodia.

That's more than the previous three years combined, all thanks to conservation efforts by local communities and the government to stop sand-dredging in its habitat in the Koh Kong province.

The Wildlife Conservation Society released a video of researchers weighing and measuring the turtles at the end of April.

The baby turtles came from three nests, one found on a beach frequently visited by the turtles every year and the other two on a beach turtles hadn't hatched on for 13 years.

The tiny turtles will be looked after at a conservation center before being released into the wild.

The royal turtle is one of the world's 25 most threatened freshwater turtles and tortoises, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

It was thought to be extinct in Cambodia until a small population re-emerged in the Sre Ambel River in the year 2000.