By Jim Eagles
There’s good news and bad news on the subject of Lonesome George, the last surviving giant tortoise from the Galapagos island of Pinta and described by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “rarest living creature”.
First the good news. I saw Lonesome George the other day and there’s no reason for him to be lonely any more.
These days he shares his leafy enclosure at the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz island with two nice lady giant tortoises, with whom he apparently gets on fairly well, despite the fact that they’re a different sub-species found only on Isabela island.
Unfortunately, the day I came calling George seemed to be in a bit of a huff. He was lying on the far side of his spacious quarters, alongside a stone wall, with his back to the viewing area.
His lady friends were out and about, eating leaves and posing for visitors, but George didn’t stir. I tried to pass on greetings from a colleague whose nickname, for reasons obscure to me, is also Lonesome George, but he ignored my efforts.