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Lonesome George was not the last of his kind

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When Lonesome George, the last Pinta Island giant tortoise, died in June in the Galapagos, the world mourned the demise of a species - but a new report says the reptile was not so lonely after all.

There are at least 17 tortoises on the Galapagos Islands that have similar genetic traits to George, including some that may be from his same genus, the Galapagos National Park said in a statement - meaning that George's death "does not represent the end of the Chelonoidis abingdonii species of Pinta Island giant tortoises".

http://www.telegraph...f-his-kind.html

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\(^o^)/

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Great.

Now what about the Tasmanian Tiger? Those are still alive too, aren't they?

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I'm pretty sure George was lonely.

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I certainly hope not.

I've always wanted to ride one of them into battle. :-P

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I certainly hope not.

I've always wanted to ride one of them into battle. :-P

...very slowly.

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Love the big guys, hope he wasn't the last one.

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Great.

Now what about the Tasmanian Tiger? Those are still alive too, aren't they?

I wish haha. The footage of them seems to show they were a playful sort of animal.

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what a beautiful animal, these tortises. Tortii. What is the plural?

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Love the big guys, hope he wasn't the last one.

That's what the thread is about, lol.

Anyway, he may not have been the last of his kind, but like Timonthy said, he must have felt lonely.

Imagine: you live out your years on a speck in the ocean, thinking there is no one else of your kind left, not knowing on some other islands your kind is 'having a ball'.

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