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The 90 Year Old Galapagos Giant Tortoise Virgin

The 90 Year Old Galapagos Giant Tortoise Virgin July 26, 2009

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until recently that is:

Last Tuesday, amazed keepers discovered a clutch of unhatched eggs in his “bachelor” pen in the Galapagos Islands.

No wonder they were amazed – a team of scientists have been doggedly coaxing the sullen creature to mate since 1993, when they introduced two female tortoises of a different subspecies into his pen. Until now, George, the last known Pinta Island tortoise had shown little interest in his companions. But at age 90, George, now said to be in his sexual prime, was finally spurred into action.

The full story comes from here.

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