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BREAKING: 100-Year-Old Galápagos Giant Tortoise Found on Fernandina Island is Indeed Member of...

Discussion in 'Pets & Animals' started by Michie, May 26, 2021.

  1. Michie

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    ...’Extinct’ Species

    The high hopes of scientists who found a 100-year old female giant tortoise on Fernandina Island in the Galápagos have been confirmed: genetic tests have proven it is a member of the species thought to have gone extinct more than a century ago.

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    Courtesy of Galapagos National Park Directorate

    Presumed to be lost for 112 years, the Galápagos Conservancy and the Galápagos National Park Directorate will urgently launch expeditions to find a mate for the female Chelonoidis phantasticus and save the species.

    GNN reported on the discovery of the tortoise, called “Fern” in 2019, while Yale University began conducting genetic analysis to determine the creature’s exact species. Researchers had strong suspicions that it was a Fernandina, so launched expeditions on the island to look for more members of her species.


    Soon afterward, park rangers reported sighting scat and tracks on the volcanic slopes, suggesting there could be more turtles around. If found, any remaining individuals will immediately be transported to the breeding center on Santa Cruz Island, where several species of the giant tortoises have been successfully bred back to stable population levels.

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    The main lesson we learn from The Tortoise and the Hare is, "Slow and steady wins the race."

    There is a reason why tortoises live longer than hares. Take it slow, easy, and think long game. Exerting too much on yourself, too quickly can end up killing you.
     
  3. LukeChester

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    This tortoise looks really ancient :) Have never seen such giants for real.
     
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