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:

Bob Bushell said...

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

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I didn't know that! It's very interesting.

bj said...

I knew they lived a long time.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

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

Manzanita said...

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

DeniseinVA said...

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.

Pat Hatt said...

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

Mama Zen said...

I think those tortoises are so beautiful!

Dixie@dcrelief said...

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

Jax said...

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

stephen Hayes said...

She looks pretty good for her age.

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Could out live 2 owners

Christine said...

Just wow, what they have lived through!

Theresa Mahoney said...

I always like seeing them at the zoo!

DEZMOND said...

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