10 incredible photos of the baby sea turtles rescued from the Peruvian Amazon

On Thursday morning, 4,000 baby river turtles, some the size of your hand, shuffled by in pairs and trios in a Peruvian jungle that has experienced drastic population declines. The U.S. government had picked the place to celebrate turtle releases.

The field of operations for the American Friends Service Committee’s release of baby river turtles in the Huanuco National Reserve was marked by 25 ATVs rolling through rough terrain over the course of several hours.

Turtles are released at the Itapagua National Park in the Huanuco National Reserve, Peru, Feb. 7, 2016. (Mark Greenberg/AFP/Getty Images)

Men carry a boy with a basket to the river, where dozens of baby sea turtles are released in the Huanuco National Reserve, Peru, Feb. 7, 2016. (Mark Greenberg/AFP/Getty Images)

A man holds a newborn sea turtle named Lucio, who was born after he was released by the Atlantic Beach Turtles in the Huanuco National Reserve, Peru, Feb. 7, 2016. (Mark Greenberg/AFP/Getty Images)

A U.S. soldier carries a newborn sea turtle named Lucio, whose mother was released by the Atlantic Beach Turtles, as her older brother Aguirre watches from the side, in the Huanuco National Reserve, Peru, Feb. 7, 2016. (Mark Greenberg/AFP/Getty Images)

A sea turtle named Katie is tagged with a “Slippery Landing” tag by Jim Nichols at the animal hospital in the Huanuco National Reserve, Peru, Feb. 7, 2016. (Mark Greenberg/AFP/Getty Images)

Weyard Soper holds his newborn a newly tagged sea turtle named Jack at the animal hospital in the Huanuco National Reserve, Peru, Feb. 7, 2016. (Mark Greenberg/AFP/Getty Images)

The mother sea turtle of Katie, a newly tagged sea turtle from a 25t turtle release in the Huanuco National Reserve, Peru, has her tag placed on Feb. 7, 2016. (Mark Greenberg/AFP/Getty Images)

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