Lonesome George dies: Pinta Island Giant Tortoise was 100-years-old

By on Jun 25, 2012 in Animals, Science Comments
Lonesome George

Lonesome George
Image Credit: Bob Strong / Reuters files

Lonesome George, the last Pinta Island giant tortoise, died at an estimated age of 100-years-old on Sunday, June 24, 2012, according to the Galapagos National Park in Ecuador.

The rare giant tortoise’s cause of death is still unknown as of press time. The National Park revealed that a post-mortem examination will be conducted to study Lonesome George‘s cause of death.

Park officials say that Fausto Llerena, the tortoise’s 40-year keeper, found Lonesome George dead in his corral.

Being the last subspecies of the Pinta Island tortoise, Lonesome George became a conservation icon for being the rarest creature in the world.

Reports say that the age of a Pinta Island tortoise usually reach up to 200-years-old.

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