Necropsy Begins on Famed Galapagos Tortoise, Lonesome George

Quito, Ecuador (AP, WLTX) -- The necropsy of thelast Pinta Island Galapagos tortoise species has begun.

Sunday, Lonesome George was found dead near his watering hole by his long-time caretaker. He was over 100 years old.

Lonesome George arrived at the National Galapagos Park in Santa Cruz Islandin 1972.Pinta IslandGalapagos tortoiseswerethought to be extinct.

Conservationiststried constantlyto mate him with female tortoises of different subspecies, but their efforts were unsuccessful.

Columbia's Riverbanks Zoo and Gardensis also home to four adult Santa Cruz Galapagos tortoises and five hatchlings born last November.

The tortoises can live as long as 200 years.


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