Farewell Lonesome George …

Lonesome George,  the last remaining tortoise of his kind, died yesterday of unknown natural causes. A Galapagos Tortoise, he was the only surviving member of his subspecies. This sad event marks the total extinction of his subspecies. He was believed to be over 100 years old, and weighed 200 lbs.
Follow this link for some beautiful video footage featuring Lonesome George. It’s just a couple of minutes in … but well worth the wait.

Also you’ll no doubt be delighted to hear that there is a tortoise-related 1951 connection in a robotic device nicknamed Toby the Tortoise . Toby was the brainchild of inventor Dr Grey Walter seen here  in this British Pathe newsreel  demonstrating his invention in 1951.

Toby the Tortoise going into his hutch

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