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'Extinct' tortoise might not be lost yet


Posted on Friday, 23 November, 2012 | Comment icon 11 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Pinta Island giant tortoise 'Lonesome George' was thought to be the last of his species, but was he ?

When George died back in June it was thought that his species had gone extinct, however now it appears that there could be as many as 17 more tortoises on the Galapagos Islands which may share the same genetic traits or genus. A spokesman for the Galapagos National Park issue a statement which iterated that George's death "does not represent the end of the Chelonoidis abingdonii species of Pinta Island giant tortoises."

So could it be that Lonesome George wasn't quite as lonesome as believed ? While it isn't conclusive, there is a chance that other pure Pinta Island tortoises could still be out there. If this turns out to be true then it represents one final opportunity to breed the species before it really does disappear for good.

"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."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Mnemonix on 22 November, 2012, 14:37
Great. Now what about the Tasmanian Tiger? Those are still alive too, aren't they?
Comment icon #3 Posted by C235 on 23 November, 2012, 12:08
Did they asked him??
Comment icon #4 Posted by Timonthy on 23 November, 2012, 14:16
I'm pretty sure George was lonely.
Comment icon #5 Posted by King Fluffs on 23 November, 2012, 18:55
I certainly hope not. I've always wanted to ride one of them into battle. :-P
Comment icon #6 Posted by Mnemonix on 23 November, 2012, 19:11
...very slowly.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Hilander on 24 November, 2012, 0:08
Love the big guys, hope he wasn't the last one.
Comment icon #8 Posted by DKO on 24 November, 2012, 0:30
I wish haha. The footage of them seems to show they were a playful sort of animal.
Comment icon #9 Posted by thewild on 3 December, 2012, 14:24
what a beautiful animal, these tortises. Tortii. What is the plural?
Comment icon #10 Posted by Abramelin on 3 December, 2012, 19:24
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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