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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

World's Oldest Tortoise Dies

Photo: Bikas Das, AP

Adwaita, who was thought to be the world's oldest tortoise, died last week at a zoo in Calcutta. He was estimated to be over 250 years old. Scientists plan to carbon-date Adwaita's shell to document his age.

Get more details HERE from the BBC.

The oldest documented tortoise is HARRIET, was found by Charles Darwin in 1835 in the Galapagos Islands and currently resides at the Australia Zoo.

8 Comments:

Blogger Nadya said...

How sad.
At least this tortoise died of natural cause. My friends saw ones how some islander kill the toroise to make a soup. And they couldn't stop him

11:30 AM

 
Blogger Dia said...

Its good to hear that it died of natural cause, wow, she was 2,5 centuries old, amazing... :)

12:11 PM

 
Blogger VallyP said...

What a wonderful old creature. Imagine what it would have been able to tell us if it could have talked!

We used to see tortoises crossing the road in the eastern Cape (SA), and some of them were really big. the trouble was they moved so slowly, they were always at risk from unscrupulous drivers, and I remember spending a cople of frustrating hours trying to persuade an old fella to move out of the middle of the road, only to have him trundle back again as soon as we had manoeuvred him to the side!

Thanks for this, Paul
Val

1:47 PM

 
Blogger Amy Parris said...

My kids LOVE these animals at the Riverbanks Zoo in SC. They'll be sad to hear about this but happy it wasn't one of the ones we regularly visit.

9:05 PM

 
Blogger odderie said...

Wow, that's amazing. It's inspiring to hear of creatures that have survived the human-created turmoil of the past centuries.

9:58 PM

 
Blogger sydney said...

wow that is old. i have a tortis.it is a russian tortis he is small he is probably 2 years old

12:06 PM

 
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