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Bullet-Magnet's Avatar Comment 1 by Bullet-Magnet

George, you old dog, you.

Sat, 01 Aug 2009 13:45:00 UTC | #384012

Ygern's Avatar Comment 2 by Ygern

Good news indeed.

But why is it only the male tortoise that gets a name? Why are the females virtual non-entities in this story? After all one of them was evidently charming enough to coax George away from his bachelor ways... :)

Sat, 01 Aug 2009 13:58:00 UTC | #384014

Diogenes of Sinope's Avatar Comment 3 by Diogenes of Sinope

But why is it only the male tortoise that gets a name? Why are the females virtual non-entities in this story?


I think it's because Lonesome George was the last surviving member of his (sub)species, and the two females obviously aren't unique, rather than because of any sexist agenda..

Sat, 01 Aug 2009 14:23:00 UTC | #384018

soul_biscuit's Avatar Comment 4 by soul_biscuit

Sat, 01 Aug 2009 15:39:00 UTC | #384033

bluebird's Avatar Comment 5 by bluebird

This is the second time eggs have been found in Lonesome George's lair/corral - eggs found in 2008 proved to be infertile. Hopefully this year there will be hatchlings!!

Three minute interview per this news:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8164000/8164543.stm

Sat, 01 Aug 2009 16:01:00 UTC | #384037

Cartomancer's Avatar Comment 6 by Cartomancer

This has tortoise a valuable lesson on the virtues of patience!

Though since these things can live to about 200 years old he's barely into middle age.

Sat, 01 Aug 2009 17:20:00 UTC | #384058

justinesaracen's Avatar Comment 7 by justinesaracen

Any turtle experts here?
Do turtles, like women, regularly produce eggs, irrespective of whether they get fertilized by a male?
From the videos I have seen of turtles scrabbling up on beaches and depositing huge numbers of eggs, it seems odd that nature would waste all that energy on unfertilized eggs.

Sat, 01 Aug 2009 18:06:00 UTC | #384067

paceetrate's Avatar Comment 8 by paceetrate

@esuther:
Yes, but these are tortoises, not sea turtles. :P

Sat, 01 Aug 2009 19:48:00 UTC | #384083

thereisnodog's Avatar Comment 9 by thereisnodog

i have had the pleasure of meeting lonesome George a few times and am chuffed to bits he managed to get his groove on. it will do wonders for the darwin center and indeed for the species. What a great chapter in the lonesome George story.

Sat, 01 Aug 2009 20:01:00 UTC | #384085

Michael Gray's Avatar Comment 10 by Michael Gray

These tortoises are somewhat like chickens, in that they continue to lay eggs, whether fertilized or not.

Sun, 02 Aug 2009 00:15:00 UTC | #384132

souper genyus's Avatar Comment 11 by souper genyus

Hmmmm.... I'm wondering if a certain little blue pill was involved.

Sun, 02 Aug 2009 01:08:00 UTC | #384140

Fil's Avatar Comment 12 by Fil

"Tortoise Successfully Mates at 90"

I should be so lucky. 90???

Gunna' change my name to George...

Sun, 02 Aug 2009 02:55:00 UTC | #384155

bachfiend's Avatar Comment 13 by bachfiend

I was at the Charles Darwin Research Centre just over a month ago, and I think that George should get most of the credit. On the day I was there, he was in "hot" pursuit of his two female companions, who both seemed extremely reluctant and "hard to get".

Sun, 02 Aug 2009 09:19:00 UTC | #384188

Cartomancer's Avatar Comment 14 by Cartomancer

Hmmmm.... I'm wondering if a certain little blue pill was involved.
I doubt it. But "Tortoise Viagra" would make an excellent band name...

Sun, 02 Aug 2009 12:25:00 UTC | #384208

Dow's Avatar Comment 15 by Dow

This article made me chuckle. I'm glad George got to get it on after all these years.

Sun, 02 Aug 2009 20:40:00 UTC | #384424

flobear's Avatar Comment 16 by flobear

Finally, a story about my Avatar. I'm really glad they finally got him to mate. Lets hope for the best.

Mon, 03 Aug 2009 15:51:00 UTC | #384667

Quiddam's Avatar Comment 17 by Quiddam

a team of scientists have been doggedly coaxing the sullen creature to mate since 1993


Well there's your problem. I can't think of anything less likely to make me want to mate than a team of scientists doggedly coaxing me.

Tue, 04 Aug 2009 16:37:00 UTC | #384984

BigJohn's Avatar Comment 18 by BigJohn

Alright Georgie! You're my kind of guy!

Wed, 05 Aug 2009 21:10:00 UTC | #385354

alaskansee's Avatar Comment 19 by alaskansee

From my tortoise owning days mating is a combat sport for the females. Males will chase, don't laugh, at high speed thrusting there shells forward to bang repeatedly into the desirable female. Also a great deal of biting of legs, hello gorgeous.

Fri, 07 Aug 2009 21:55:00 UTC | #386059