Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fact of the Day: Darwin and Harriet

Charles Darwin's visit to the Galapagos Islands contributed greatly to him discovering evolution by natural selection. The islands are also well known for its giant tortoises, and Charles Darwin apparently had a few as pets. One of them was apparently called Harriet, and she lived to the age of 175. She passed away in 2006 at a zoo in Australia. 

15 comments:

  1. I wonder, why did he live such a little bit.

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  2. I knew they lived a long time.

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  3. It fascinates me that they live so long. What incredible creatures they are.

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  4. I've always believed "you are what you eat." I wonder what turtles eat, old people?

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  5. Goodness, what a great age! I have seen them in zoos. I wonder how old theirs are. Must check if the National Zoo has any.

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  6. Damn, 175. That turtle saw a lot in its life

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  7. I think those tortoises are so beautiful!

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  8. Might she have lived longer had she been free? Oh well.

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  9. They are pretty, but I can't imagine that being a very cuddly pet!

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  10. Just wow, what they have lived through!

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  11. I always like seeing them at the zoo!

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  12. yep, they and crocodiles never die naturally. We have a crocodile in our Zoo who has been there even before the WW2!

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