24 Jun '12, 11pm

100-Year-Old Giant Tortoise, Last of His Subspecies, Dies (Video) | Care2 Causes

100-Year-Old Giant Tortoise, Last of His Subspecies, Dies (Video) | Care2 Causes

Lonesome George, a giant tortoise thought to be the last of his subspecies, was found dead by his keeper of 40 years, Fausto Llere, on Sunday morning . The tortoise was believed to be around 100 years old; as adults in his Pinta tortoise subspecies can live up to 200 years, Lonesome George was technically a young adult. Officials at the Galapagos National Park in Ecuador will be carrying out of post-mortem and plan to embalm his body to preserve it for future generations.. With no offspring and no known individuals from his subspecies, Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni , Lonesome George gained the title of the “loneliest creature in the world,” says the BBC . This BBC video was made in 2009: A Hungarian scientist first saw Lonesome George on the Galapagos Island of La Pinta, one of the smallest of the islands, in 1972. The tortoise was brought to Ecuador to be part of the Galapa...

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