RIP Lonesome George - the last of his kind

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RIP Lonesome George - the last of his kind

Postby The Mad Collector » Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:44 am

Lonesome George has died in The Galapagos. He was the last of his subspecies of giant tortoise and became the symbol of the national park. I saw him (from a distance) 10 years ago so the picture isn't the greatest especially as this is a scan of a print.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-18574279

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Re: RIP Lonesome George - the last of his kind

Postby michelanCello » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:20 am

Sorry to hear that! :( It's always sad when a species gets instinct... truly awful!
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Re: RIP Lonesome George - the last of his kind

Postby Penfold » Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:00 am

:( What mC said.
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Re: RIP Lonesome George - the last of his kind

Postby pip » Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:10 am

Ah . How sad. RIP GEORGE :cry:
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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:53 am

How sad :cry: RIP George :(
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Re: RIP Lonesome George - the last of his kind

Postby Tonyblack » Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:03 am

Sad indeed. RIP George.
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Re: RIP Lonesome George - the last of his kind

Postby meerkat » Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:09 am

So sad to hear a species has gone extinct. :cry:

Very sad too that apparantly they were delicious. I read that in the Science of Darwin, so it's Terry's fault I know that useless bit of information.
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Postby Tonyblack » Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:12 am

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Re: RIP Lonesome George - the last of his kind

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:05 pm

It's a sub-species so not entirely disastrous but still a shame - they did try and breed from him but apparently distant lady kissing cousins from other sub-species just didn't 'do it' for him... :shifty: I see the article speculates that there may still be some purebred individuals individuals in captivity (see wiki article) and there is one known half-breed so the bloodline may not be totally lost... :shock:

RIP George - your lot saw off the dinosaurs so you had a v.g. run :clap:
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Re: RIP Lonesome George - the last of his kind

Postby Del » Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:13 pm

RIP George.

We lost our beloved Harriet in 2006.

The fascinating thing about Harriet was: Here was something living that Charles Darwin had handled ! She spent some sad times in cold cold England and they brought her to Australia to live in a warmer climate.

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Re: RIP Lonesome George - the last of his kind

Postby janet » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:01 pm

R.I.P. George. Blimey Del, I remember hearing about Harriet but didn't remember she was that old. Something to be said for living life in the slow lane eh?
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Re: RIP Lonesome George - the last of his kind

Postby wicked woman » Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:31 pm

RIP George.
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Re: RIP Lonesome George - the last of his kind

Postby SimStars13 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:36 pm

RIP George :( Weird thing is I had a geography exam today and we had to talk about the Galapagos Islands... coincidence I suppose.
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Re: RIP Lonesome George - the last of his kind

Postby Sister Jennifer » Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:16 pm

RIP Lonesome George. I saw a very undignified clip of them carting him away in a wheelbarrow. Head & legs hanging over the side. If only he coulda lifted his head up and said, 'I'm not dead. I'm getting better. I feel happy.'

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Re: RIP Lonesome George - the last of his kind

Postby Del » Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:30 pm

Sister Jennifer wrote:RIP Lonesome George. I saw a very undignified clip of them carting him away in a wheelbarrow. Head & legs hanging over the side. If only he coulda lifted his head up and said, 'I'm not dead. I'm getting better. I feel happy.'

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