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#1    frogfish

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 01:33 AM

Harriet the Tortoise dies at 175  
  


175th birthday bash  
Harriet the tortoise, one of the world's oldest known living creatures, has died in Australia aged about 175.
Senior vet Dr John Hangar told Australia's ABC that Harriet, a Giant Galapagos tortoise, had died of heart failure after a short illness.

"She had a very fairly acute heart attack and thankfully passed away quietly overnight," Dr Hangar said.

Last year staff at Australia Zoo, where Harriet had lived for 17 years, held a party to celebrate her 175th birthday.

Some people believe that Harriet was studied by British naturalist Charles Darwin.

Darwin took several young Giant Galapagos tortoises back to London after his epic voyage on board HMS Beagle.

DNA testing has suggested the giant creature was born around 1830, a few years before Darwin visited the Galapagos archipelago in 1835.

However, Harriet belonged to a sub-species of tortoise only found on an island that Darwin never visited.

At the time of her 175th birthday party, Harriet weighed 150kg (23 stone) and was roughly the size of a dinner table.

She was the star attraction at the Australia Zoo on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Her keepers put her longevity down to a stress-free life.

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What a beautiful creature. Tis a sad day. I heard Steve Irwin was devastated...no.gif


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Posted 24 June 2006 - 02:30 AM

wow that's amazing at 175 years old! i heard that they can live for much longer!

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 02:34 AM

I also heard that Steve Irwin lost a 200+ yr old female croc a couple years back. He was in tears no.gif

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 02:35 AM

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I also heard that Steve Irwin lost a 200+ yr old female croc a couple years back. He was in tears no.gif



yeah he loves those snakes, crocs and turtles it's amazing  yes.gif

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 03:41 AM

this really is sad sad.gif

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 03:59 AM

R.I.P Harriet crying.gif

When i first heard of her I was impressed, what a sad day. crying.gif She was also a piece of history, Charles Darwin! ohmy.gif Poor Steve.

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 12:46 PM

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I also heard that Steve Irwin lost a 200+ yr old female croc a couple years back. He was in tears no.gif


That's understandable though. Still, some age! ohmy.gif

Sorry to hear about Harriet though.

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 05:01 PM

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I also heard that Steve Irwin lost a 200+ yr old female croc a couple years back. He was in tears no.gif


Wow, I didn't know crocodiles could live for so long aswell.

Must of had an interesting life.  yes.gif


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Posted 24 June 2006 - 05:28 PM

sad.gif Ive seen her quite a few times and have pics of her.


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Posted 24 June 2006 - 10:25 PM

yes this is sad however there might be another Darwin Tortoise we don't know about

But if that tortoise could talk


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Posted 25 June 2006 - 03:19 AM

Interestingly enough, Harriet was believed to be a male for around 100 years. It seems no one had been bothered to check until relatively recently.

R.I.P Harriet.


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Posted 26 June 2006 - 02:52 AM

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Wow, I didn't know crocodiles could live for so long aswell.

yes.gif She was captured from the river around the age of 180...

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Posted 26 June 2006 - 03:51 AM

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yes.gif She was captured from the river around the age of 180...



so that explains it  thumbsup.gif

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