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Oldest animal in the world?

 
 
Reply Tue 15 Nov, 2005 04:45 am
I hope this isn't a duplicate.

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World's oldest party girl
10-10-2005
From: The Daily Telegraph


SOON to turn 175 years of age, Harriet the Galapagos tortoise - possibly the world's oldest living creature - is finally getting the recognition she surely deserves.
Harriet, which was first taken from her home on the Galapagos Islands, off South America, by English naturalist Charles Darwin, is now the subject of a book about her amazing life.

Harriet was hatched in 1830. Five years later, she and two other tortoises were collected by Darwin and taken to England aboard his ship, HMS Beagle.

The three, then named Tom, Dick and Harry, were cared for by Darwin, but five years of freezing English winters and a lack of sunshine reduced them to a state of virtual hibernation and they were brought to Australia in 1842.

Dick died in the late 1880s and it is not known where its remains were buried, while Tom died in 1949.

In 1960, a visiting director of Hawaii's Honolulu Zoo examined Harry and found he was a she, a move that prompted the name Harriet. She now lives at Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo.

Three other tortoises are believed to have lived to a greater age than Harriet but have died.

Of the 15 sub-species of giant tortoise, some weighing more than 200kg, only 11 remain and it is expected a fifth will become extinct.

Their numbers have been depleted due to harvesting by seamen and the release of feral animals which have destroyed their food and eaten their eggs.

Harriet will celebrate her 175th birthday with a party at the zoo on November 15.


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msolga
 
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Reply Tue 15 Nov, 2005 04:51 am
I saw Harriet on the news tonight, gf. My, she's a stunner! Imagine that: hatched in 1830 & a Beagle traveller! Amazing. Surprised
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goodfielder
 
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Reply Tue 15 Nov, 2005 05:09 am
Ah I missed the news msolga I was out at a Rotary meeting. I am still thinking about it. She is incredible. I heard an interview with the woman who wrote her story. It's the sort of thing if you read it as fiction you would dismiss as being far too improbable Shocked
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msolga
 
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Reply Tue 15 Nov, 2005 05:20 am
Well, let me tell you then, gf, Harriet looked very sprightly for her age! Fit as a fiddle in fact, with a sort of regal air about her. Certainly not old & doddery. Very Happy
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 15 Nov, 2005 05:27 am
Your headline is correct, Cobber, but that article you've posted is very badly written. Harriet is very likely the oldest living animal, but trees are the oldest living "creatures." I have in mind the redwoods of California, or perhaps the bristle-cone pines which also grow there.

This line: "Of the 15 sub-species of giant tortoise, some weighing more than 200kg, only 11 remain and it is expected a fifth will become extinct. "--is incomprehensible.

Three cheers for Harriet ! ! !
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shrek1
 
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Reply Tue 15 Nov, 2005 06:29 am
Re: Oldest animal in the world?
goodfielder wrote:
I hope this isn't a duplicate.

Quote:
World's oldest party girl
10-10-2005
From: The Daily Telegraph


SOON to turn 175 years of age, Harriet the Galapagos tortoise - possibly the world's oldest living creature - is finally getting the recognition she surely deserves.
Harriet, which was first taken from her home on the Galapagos Islands, off South America, by English naturalist Charles Darwin, is now the subject of a book about her amazing life.

Harriet was hatched in 1830. Five years later, she and two other tortoises were collected by Darwin and taken to England aboard his ship, HMS Beagle.

The three, then named Tom, Dick and Harry, were cared for by Darwin, but five years of freezing English winters and a lack of sunshine reduced them to a state of virtual hibernation and they were brought to Australia in 1842.

Dick died in the late 1880s and it is not known where its remains were buried, while Tom died in 1949.

In 1960, a visiting director of Hawaii's Honolulu Zoo examined Harry and found he was a she, a move that prompted the name Harriet. She now lives at Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo.

Three other tortoises are believed to have lived to a greater age than Harriet but have died.

Of the 15 sub-species of giant tortoise, some weighing more than 200kg, only 11 remain and it is expected a fifth will become extinct.

Their numbers have been depleted due to harvesting by seamen and the release of feral animals which have destroyed their food and eaten their eggs.

Harriet will celebrate her 175th birthday with a party at the zoo on November 15.


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