R.I.P George. Last of his kind. The last living Galapagos turtle passed away today. "Lonesome George" lived to be whopping 100 years old. They are now
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R.I.P George. Last of his kind

The last living Galapagos turtle passed away today. "Lonesome George" lived to be whopping 100 years old. They are now (obviously) extinct..

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#22 - bagofshenanigans (06/25/2012) [+] (2 replies)
I'll bet some fuck on 4chan has a dozen of them living in a terrarium in their basement.
#45 - stripeygreenhat (06/25/2012) [-]
The greatest Forever Alone of us all and therefore revered by most of the internet. Goodbye George.
#358 - clydecarver (06/25/2012) [+] (16 replies)
Today, OP couldn't have been a bigger fag. There are currently around 20,000 Galapagos Tortoises on the islands collectively, but with the loss of Lonesome George we lose an iconic subspecies. There are currently expeditions to find pure-bred Pinta Island Tortoises mixed in with others in large communities. Plus, there is a fucking turtles channel for a reason!
Today, OP couldn't have been a bigger fag. There are currently around 20,000 Galapagos Tortoises on the islands collectively, but with the loss of Lonesome George we lose an iconic subspecies. There are currently expeditions to find pure-bred Pinta Island Tortoises mixed in with others in large communities. Plus, there is a fucking turtles channel for a reason!
#2 - tiredofannon (06/25/2012) [-]
Tony still lives and might be a Pinta Island Tortoise.
Also, OP was wrong; there are still Galapagos Tortoises. George was thought to be the last Pinta Island Tortoise.
(Tony is strongly thought to be but it is still not conclusive. In addition it is possible that a single wild Pinta Island Tortoise may still be alive due to a half breed that was found in the wild).
User avatar #486 - brtaylorgang (06/26/2012) [+] (1 reply)
What the fuck PETA??? you had one job!
#56 - mrpond (06/25/2012) [+] (8 replies)
Whilst George was indeed the last of his subspecies, Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni, there are many different subspecies of the Galapagos turtle, Chelonoidis nigra. This is the reason that Darwin was so damn interested in the first place.
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#809 - Warzonebeta (06/26/2012) [+] (1 reply)
I met George when I was 11 and my mom took me to the Galapagos as a gift for my 11th birthday because she knew I loved natural history.   
It was so much fun, just me and my mom. I met George while I was accidentally walking in a do not enter area after getting lost, next thing I know I bump into what I thought was a rock.   
Said rock suddenly moves and I'm face to face with something that looks like a goddamned dinosaur chewing thoughtfully on some leaves just staring at me as if thinking "Now who in the hell are you small mammal?"   
Then the park ranger guy grabbed me and took me back to the tour group, I asked him what that dinosaur was and he said "George the giant tortoise".   
   
Hearing that that dinosaur from my childhood has passed on hurts a lot...
I met George when I was 11 and my mom took me to the Galapagos as a gift for my 11th birthday because she knew I loved natural history.
It was so much fun, just me and my mom. I met George while I was accidentally walking in a do not enter area after getting lost, next thing I know I bump into what I thought was a rock.
Said rock suddenly moves and I'm face to face with something that looks like a goddamned dinosaur chewing thoughtfully on some leaves just staring at me as if thinking "Now who in the hell are you small mammal?"
Then the park ranger guy grabbed me and took me back to the tour group, I asked him what that dinosaur was and he said "George the giant tortoise".

Hearing that that dinosaur from my childhood has passed on hurts a lot...
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#519 - norbit (06/26/2012) [+] (1 reply)
nope nope nope!

with a little research, i found that George isnt the last living Galapagos tortoise, he is the last living member of the Pinta island subspecies.

And by the way, OP, is 100 years old really that whopping? tortoises can live for 200+ years.
#412 - doccom (06/26/2012) [+] (9 replies)
**doccom rolled a random image posted in comment #6045461 at FJ Pony Thread ** i hope this becomes extinct
#281 - ninjazaku (06/25/2012) [+] (4 replies)
ATTENTION.

Although this is rather depressing, and I, too, read about Lonesome George, he was NOT the last Galapagos Tortoise. He was the last of a SUBSPECIES of Galapagos Tortoise. Furthermore, scientists are saying that there may still be members of his in captivity, or on neighboring Galapagos Islands.

The species is only presumably extinct. That is not fact as of yet.
#770 - zombiesaregood (06/26/2012) [+] (1 reply)
R.I.P brother.....
User avatar #536 - EdwardElric (06/26/2012) [+] (1 reply)
The Galapagos' giant tortoise population was decimated after the arrival of humans but a recovery program run by the park and the Charles Darwin Foundation has increased the overall population from 3,000 in 1974 to 20,000 today.

They're not extinct, only his subspecies is.
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