Near Extinct Galapagos Tortoise Successfully Mates at 90
By ANDREW WILLIAMS - PLANETSAVE
Added: Fri, 31 Jul 2009 23:00:00 UTC
Thanks to Diego for the link.
Last Tuesday, amazed keepers discovered a clutch of unhatched eggs in his âbachelorâ 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.
Officials at the Galapagos National Park said the five eggs were âin perfect conditionâ and have been transferred to an incubator.
A spokesman said, âNow we have to wait for the incubation period of 120 days to find out whether they are fertile.â
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