The last Galapagos giant tortoise may be a dad! Lonesome George, who is believed to be the last of his species, may soon be a father. Read more and see a picture and video here!
Famous giant tortoise, nicknamed Lonesome George, may soon be a father! George is thought to be the last of his species. George has been kept with two female companions of a similar species, and one of them has laid five eggs in “perfect condition.”
George is at the Galapagos National Park and they are now caring for the eggs in an incubation center.
“Now we have to wait for the incubation period of 120 days to find out whether they are fertile.”
George the giant tortoise was discovered in 1972, but had shown little interest in reproducing. However, now that he is in his 90’s, George is said to be in his sexual prime.
Last year, George surprised conservationists by mating for the first time in the 36 years he has been in captivity. Sadly, all of the eggs turned out to be infertile. Hopefully these new eggs will produce some babies!
Though Lonesome George is thought to be the last of his species, about 20,000 giant tortoises still live on the Galapagos Islands, and all of them are now strictly protected. George weighs about 200 pounds and his life expectancy is about 100-150 years.
Let’s hope George the giant tortoise gets to be a dad in his lifetime! Check out a video of George and his life story below.
George The Giant Tortoise Video