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28 September 2005 @ 04:40 am
Harriet the Tortoise  
Tortoise birthday http://www.whatsontheplanet.com/wow/ptnr/rci/page.jsp?fx=event&event_id=14769
Found at killbeth's journal - Sep. 23 2005

I am in love. Harriet the Galapagos tortoise, born 1830. Harriet lives in Australia's Crocodile Hunter's Australia Zoo.
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From the article:
"The giant tortoise had been brought to Australia by John Wickham - a former English naval office who had been with Darwin in South America - and when Wickham left for France in the 1860s, Harriet took up residence in the Brisbane Botanical Gardens.

Charles Darwin had brought Harriet and two of her sub-species back to England, in 1835, when she was five years old and about the size of a dinner plate. Checking against Darwin's records from 1834, Harriet is a Santiago tortoise (Geochelone nigra darwini). While she still ovulates annually, she hasn't seen another Galapagos tortoise for over 150 years (or more) - and the zoo hasn't been able to trace a male of her subs species. But she's not lonely, as she is a favourite of staff and visitors alike, and simply adores company".
 
 
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