Monday, June 25, 2012

RIP Lonesome George

The last tortoise of his subspecies, Lonesome George, believed to be over 100 years old, died today of presumedly natural causes. Various attempts over the years to cross-breed Lonesome George with related tortoise subspecies have proven unsuccessful (though I'm happy to read that at least several inviable eggs were produced: George may not have been able to pass on his DNA, but at least he was able to get laid now and then, so he couldn't have been that lonesome). If I had beer in the fridge, I would drink one to the memory of Lonesome George.

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