Australia: Galápagos tortoise Harriet dies

This is a video about Harriet the Tortoise.

From Wikipedia:

Harriet (circa 1830 – June 23, 2006) was a Galápagos tortoise (probably Geochelone nigra porteri) that had an estimated age of 175 years old at the time of its death, making it the oldest known living animal in the world.

It was originally thought that Harriet was first captured by Charles Darwin in 1835 on the Galápagos Islands. …

For 99 years she lived at the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, but was later moved to the Australia Zoo, owned by The Crocodile Hunter‘s Steve Irwin, where she lived out the remainder of her life.

On November 15, 2005, her much publicised 175th birthday was celebrated at the Australia Zoo.

She died peacefully in her enclosure on June 23, 2006 of heart failure following a short illness.

Remembering Harriet: here.

Read more on the Galápagos islands, and their animals, like the blue-footed booby, the marine iguana, and its smaller relative, the lava lizard.


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