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for a Century Is
Very Much Alive
Jun 10, 2022 2:55 PM CDT
Giant Tortoise Presumed Extinct for a Century Is Very Much Alive
Fernanda is first fantastic giant tortoise seen in Galapagos since 1906, and only the 2nd ever
- A Galapagos giant tortoise species observed only once more than a century ago on a remote volcanic island and thought to have gone extinct as a result of volcanic eruptions has turned up very much alive. A female "fantastic giant tortoise," which the
reports is "significantly...
Beloved Pet Escapes,
Very, Very Slowly
Aug 24, 2020 11:50 AM CDT
Beloved Pet Escapes, Very, Very Slowly
Big tortoise found about a mile away after 74 days
- A 150-pound tortoise that escaped from a Tennessee home has been returned after 74 days, managing to make it about a mile during his slow and steady journey, per the AP . The African sulcata tortoise named Solomon crawled away from his Ashland City enclosure more than two months ago, his...
Zoo's Tortoise Spends 2 Weeks
on the Lam, Gets Nowhere
Aug 17, 2017 12:35 PM CDT
Zoo's Tortoise Spends 2 Weeks on the Lam, Gets Nowhere
Abuh was found less than 500 feet from the zoo
- The top speed of a giant tortoise on dry land, according to Gizmodo , is about 0.17mph. That turned out to be great news for Japan's Shibukawa Animal Park, which had a 121-pound Aldabra giant tortoise named Abuh escape earlier this month. Channel News Asia reports Abuh is allowed...
Jul 18, 2017 5:31 PM CDT
Police Investigating NYC Tortoise-Napping
The 95-pound Millennium was stolen from an environmental center
- A tortoise-napper is on the loose in New York City. The
Wall Street Journal
reports a 95-pound tortoise named Millennium was stolen from the Alley Pound Environmental Center in Queens sometime between Sunday evening and Monday afternoon. The educational center isn't sure how the thief or thieves managed to...
We're Spending $50M to
Resettle 1K Desert Tortoises
Apr 20, 2017 9:04 AM CDT
We're Spending $50M to Resettle 1K Desert Tortoises
So the Marines can expand Calif. training grounds
- The mission: to airlift 1,156 desert tortoises to a place where there's no threat of being flattened by tanks. The Marines are this month moving the reptiles out of a corner of California's Mojave Desert where the Corps will soon begin extensive live-fire training, the
$50M Plan to Save Tortoises
May Do the Opposite
Mar 8, 2016 5:35 PM CST
$50M Plan to Save Tortoises May Do the Opposite
Critics fear it'll put threatened animals at further risk
- Desert tortoises are considered a threatened species across the Southwest, where they're battling drought, climate change, habitat loss, and predators. Now, environmentalists fear a Mojave Desert population will be eradicated entirely by a plan that's apparently meant to save them, the
Los Angeles Times
reports. The Marine Corps'...
Why Is Tortoise Sick?
It Ate a Turtle Pendant
Oct 29, 2014 7:00 PM CDT
Why Is Tortoise Sick? It Ate a Turtle Pendant
Vet gets a surprise with X-ray
- What are the odds? The source of a sick tortoise's discomfort became clear after a south Florida veterinarian took an X-ray: The animal had swallowed a turtle pendant. Dr. Don Harris said the 15-pound male African spurred tortoise named Lola hadn't pooped for a month and began acting...
From 'Brink of
Oct 29, 2014 6:03 AM CDT
Giant Galapagos Tortoises Back From 'Brink of Extinction'
'Miraculous' recovery for population that was down to 15 in 1960s
- A welcome piece of news for an endangered species: Giant tortoises' population on the Galapagos island of Española is now "very secure," researchers say. "The global population was down to just 15 tortoises by the 1960s. Now there are some 1,000 tortoises breeding on their...
Aug 4, 2014 7:24 AM CDT
Cops 'Arrest' Huge Tortoise in California
150-pounder back with his (human) family
- Police in Los Angeles County have captured a slow-moving escapee. Clark the tortoise makes his home with a family in the city of Alhambra; he apparently managed to run away while the family was at a baseball game, an animal control official tells the
Los Angeles Times
. He didn't...
Zoo With Help
of ... Tortoise?
Jul 25, 2014 6:23 PM CDT
Alligator Escapes Zoo With Help of ... Tortoise?
Zoo owner says tortoise may have enabled 12-inch alligator's escape
- An owner of a zoo in Michigan's Upper Peninsula says a 12-inch alligator has escaped, possibly with some help from a tortoise. TV stations WWTV-WWUP and WPBN-WTOM and MLive.com report the alligator named Carlos got out of an enclosure over the weekend at the GarLyn Zoo near Naubinway....
US Tortoises to
Aug 26, 2013 6:38 AM CDT
Endangered US Tortoises to Be Euthanized
Funding for Las Vegas-area conservation center dries up
- For decades, the vulnerable US desert tortoise has led a sheltered existence on a sprawling conservation reserve outside Las Vegas. But the pampered desert dweller now faces a threat from the very people who have nurtured it. Federal funds are running out at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center and officials...
Tortoises Break Up
—After a Century
Jun 15, 2012 4:54 PM CDT
Tortoises Break Up —After a Century Together
Bibi finally got sick of Poldi
- They were together as a couple for more than a century until out of the blue, Bibi and Poldi—two giant Galápagos tortoises who live in an Austrian zoo—broke off their relationship. The split was anything but cordial, reports
. A belligerent Bibi bit off part of...
Last Tortoise of His
Kind Needs a Date
May 10, 2011 3:20 PM CDT
Last Tortoise of His Kind Needs a Date
Scientists struggle to find mate for 'Lonesome George'
- When you’re the only known member of your species, romance is hard to find. Such is the case for Lonesome George, the last Pinta tortoise in the Galapagos. Since George’s discovery in 1971—at a time when his species was believed to be extinct—scientists have searched far...
Tortoise Loverboy, 146,
Dies in Paris
Dec 7, 2009 2:09 AM CST
Tortoise Loverboy, 146, Dies in Paris
'He had a kind of charisma'
- All of France is mourning today after 146-year-old giant tortoise lothario Kiki finally kicked the bucket. He succumbed last week to an infection at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. "We are rather upset to have lost Kiki. He had been here for such a long time that we...
Army Seeks New Home
for Desert Tortoises
Aug 6, 2009 3:00 AM CDT
Army Seeks New Home for Desert Tortoises
- The Army plans to evict more than 1,000 endangered desert tortoises to expand a tank training ground in the Mojave Desert, the
Los Angeles Times
reports. Conservationists warn that the last effort to shift the tortoises proved disastrous: Many were wiped out by predators, and others traveled up...
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