More good news from the Galapagos

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« on: 18/09/2008 13:40:37 »
There has been more good news from the Galapagos Islands where a third nest, containing 3 in-tact eggs, was discovered in Lonesome George’s corral.

There are now 16 eggs, 14 of which are believed to be fertile, being incubated.  The first of these eggs are due to hatch in November. Once hatched (fingers crossed) the offspring will be DNA tested to confirm if George is the father.

Of course, they won’t be pure Pinta Tortoises (Geochelone abingdoni) since the females are Volcán Wolf Tortoises (Geochelone becki), but they are Georges closest living relatives.
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« Reply #1 on: 18/09/2008 15:33:38 »
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« Reply #2 on: 18/09/2008 16:21:22 »
lonesome goerge is possibly the last one of his kind (a giant tortoise.. oh, I bet that not the right way to write this word ;-) )... therefor they hope that he would reproduce with some close subspecies...

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« Reply #3 on: 18/09/2008 17:15:49 »
Yes indeed, the rest of his sub species has been wiped out by man.

Aren't we cleaver. [:(!]
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« Reply #4 on: 18/09/2008 17:57:29 »
Only just watched a bit about this on "Life in cold blood:Armoured Giants" on the BBC iPlayer last night.

Link for those in the UK.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00936vz/

Must admit it left me feeling sad but this is very good news. [:)]

Off topic: The episode "Tiger - Spy in the jungle" on the same page has some beautiful footage and well worth watching.