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Harriet, the world's oldest tortoise, dies aged 176
AFP ^ | 06/23/06

Posted on 06/23/2006 7:01:25 AM PDT by presidio9

A 176-year-old giant tortoise believed to have been studied by famed English naturalist Charles Darwin, has died in Australia after a short illness.

The extremely elderly tortoise, Harriet, was hatched on the Galapagos Islands in 1830 but lived out her final years at Australia Zoo in southeast Queensland where she was the star attraction.

Senior veterinarian John Hangar said the 150-kilogram (330-pound) reptile died on Thursday night after a short illness.

"She had been sick yesterday with, in effect, heart failure," Hangar told ABC radio.

"She had a fairly acute heart attack and thankfully passed away quietly overnight."

Hangar said Harriet, who had made it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest living animal, had been credited with helping Darwin pioneer his theory of evolution.

"It's thought she may have been taken off there (Galapagos) by Charles Darwin," he said. "She's spent a period of time in Britain and found herself at the Botanic Gardens in Brisbane from about 1850 or 1860 onwards and eventually she found her way up to Australia Zoo."

Harriet was originally named Harry, as she was mistakenly identified as male, an error which was not rectified for more than a century.


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: bushsfault

1 posted on 06/23/2006 7:01:28 AM PDT by presidio9
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A Galapagos tortoise. A 176-year-old giant tortoise believed to have been studied by famed English naturalist Charles Darwin, has died in Australia after a short illness.(AFP/Don Emmert)

2 posted on 06/23/2006 7:02:12 AM PDT by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K virus -only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: presidio9

"Dudecrush, we turtles toooootally live to one hundred seventy-URRrrrRGHKK!"

3 posted on 06/23/2006 7:03:02 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: presidio9
(sigh) The good die young.
4 posted on 06/23/2006 7:04:19 AM PDT by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: presidio9

She looks pretty good for 176.


5 posted on 06/23/2006 7:04:40 AM PDT by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: presidio9
"She had a fairly acute heart attack and thankfully passed away quietly overnight."

Yeah. Unlike those kicking, screaming turtle deaths.

6 posted on 06/23/2006 7:06:16 AM PDT by atomicpossum (Replies must follow approved guidelines or you will be kill-filed without appeal.)
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To: presidio9
She had been sick yesterday with, in effect, heart failure

Very difficult to do CPR on a turtle.

7 posted on 06/23/2006 7:06:26 AM PDT by edpc
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To: presidio9
Incredible....born during the Andrew Jackson administration.
8 posted on 06/23/2006 7:06:46 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: presidio9

"Harriet was originally named Harry, as she was mistakenly identified as male, an error which was not rectified for more than a century."

___________

She was kinda flat-chested.


9 posted on 06/23/2006 7:07:01 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Islamic Terrorists, the Mainstream Media and the Democrat Party Have the Same Goals in Iraq.)
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To: presidio9
Her older sister:


10 posted on 06/23/2006 7:07:44 AM PDT by atomicpossum (Replies must follow approved guidelines or you will be kill-filed without appeal.)
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To: lesser_satan
She looks pretty good for 176.

That's from when she was an exotic dancer at a place called the South Pole.

11 posted on 06/23/2006 7:07:55 AM PDT by N. Theknow (uire)
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To: presidio9

I'll be the first to say it. Bush's fault.


12 posted on 06/23/2006 7:08:48 AM PDT by battlecry
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To: presidio9

A youth, with Harriet in her youth.

"Charles Darwin had brought Harriet and two of her sub-species back to England, in 1835, when she was five years old and about the size of a dinner plate."

From http://www.whatsonwhen.com/events/~14769.jml

13 posted on 06/23/2006 7:10:21 AM PDT by bwteim (bwteim = Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: battlecry

I thought about it, but she was in Australia. W. usually gives the Aussies a pass.


14 posted on 06/23/2006 7:10:28 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Islamic Terrorists, the Mainstream Media and the Democrat Party Have the Same Goals in Iraq.)
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To: atomicpossum

The picture has been posted many times before, but your usage, timing and targeting were spot on. Well done!


15 posted on 06/23/2006 7:11:22 AM PDT by Panzerfaust
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To: atomicpossum

AHA! Saw this title and guessed that before 10 posts a picture of HT would make the tread.


16 posted on 06/23/2006 7:13:07 AM PDT by TruthWillWin
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To: presidio9

That's one big bowl of turtle soup.


17 posted on 06/23/2006 7:14:05 AM PDT by HaveHadEnough
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To: presidio9
Harriet, the world's oldest tortoise, dies aged 176

GORE: "It had to be global warming. She would have lived to at least 176 1/2 if not for those evil SUVs"

18 posted on 06/23/2006 7:15:29 AM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: frogjerk

Bush lied, turtles died!


19 posted on 06/23/2006 7:16:47 AM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances and it advances relentlessly freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: presidio9

Ahh, the benefits of slow and easy living.


20 posted on 06/23/2006 7:18:07 AM PDT by jpl (Victorious warriors win first, then go to war; defeated warriors go to war first, then seek to win.)
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To: N. Theknow

LOL!


21 posted on 06/23/2006 7:18:48 AM PDT by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: frogjerk
SHE WAS KILLED BY MANBEARPIG! WE MUST ALL DO OUR PART TO STOP MANBEARPIG! DAMN YOU MANBEARPIG!

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22 posted on 06/23/2006 7:22:00 AM PDT by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: presidio9

I heard that Harriet smoked a pack a day of Pall Malls until she was well into her 90s, and began and ended each day with a pint of Jim Beam.


23 posted on 06/23/2006 7:24:34 AM PDT by Gefreiter ("Are you drinking 1% because you think you're fat?")
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To: atomicpossum

OK, that was pretty funny.

Wasn't so much at first, but now it's grown on me and I can't stop snickering.


24 posted on 06/23/2006 7:25:09 AM PDT by Gefreiter ("Are you drinking 1% because you think you're fat?")
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To: presidio9

Looking good Harriet!!!


25 posted on 06/23/2006 7:25:48 AM PDT by Peace Is Coming
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To: Gefreiter
I heard that Harriet smoked a pack a day of Pall Malls until she was well into her 90s, and began and ended each day with a pint of Jim Beam.

Yeah, but all that walking she did was great exercise. She never ran anywhere in her life.

26 posted on 06/23/2006 7:26:31 AM PDT by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K virus -only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: PatrickHenry
A 176-year-old giant tortoise believed to have been studied by famed English naturalist Charles Darwin, has died in Australia after a short illness.

Will the Grand Master of DarwinCentral™ ("the Conspiracy that Cares") be issuing a statement of consolation later today?

27 posted on 06/23/2006 7:27:19 AM PDT by longshadow (FReeper #405, entering his ninth year of ignoring nitwits, nutcases, and recycled newbies)
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To: presidio9
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RIP

28 posted on 06/23/2006 7:28:18 AM PDT by Peace Is Coming
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To: presidio9

Musta been it. Walking- unhurriedly- and subsisting on leaves.


29 posted on 06/23/2006 7:31:52 AM PDT by Gefreiter ("Are you drinking 1% because you think you're fat?")
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To: longshadow
Will the Grand Master of DarwinCentral™ ("the Conspiracy that Cares") be issuing a statement of consolation later today?

I'll take it up with him. But he usually avoids such appeals to emotionalism.

30 posted on 06/23/2006 7:36:24 AM PDT by PatrickHenry (Unresponsive to trolls, lunatics, fanatics, retards, scolds, & incurable ignoramuses.)
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To: presidio9

I hope the shell is preserved and displayed. Don't see this kind of thing very often.


31 posted on 06/23/2006 7:41:11 AM PDT by freebird5850
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To: atomicpossum

Be careful. You may have to apologize for that.


32 posted on 06/23/2006 10:53:13 AM PDT by TruthWillWin
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To: presidio9
Sad to read that.
Really like turtles and torts.
Crossed paths with several of them the last couple weeks.
An eastern box turtle, a blanding's and a midland painted.
Gotta like the velocity challenged.
It's very calming to hang out with a turtle.
Peaceful.
33 posted on 06/23/2006 4:29:47 PM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: tortoise

Friend of yours?


34 posted on 06/23/2006 4:43:26 PM PDT by ThinkDifferent
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To: presidio9

Aussie & Harriet

35 posted on 06/23/2006 6:04:43 PM PDT by mikrofon (Half Nelson)
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Gamera is sad.

36 posted on 06/23/2006 6:10:03 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: bwteim

The "youth" appears to be Steve Irwin's daughter Bindi. Harriet had resided at Irwin's zoo.


37 posted on 06/23/2006 10:07:52 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer
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To: JohnBovenmyer

Didn't know that. Did know via googling that Irwin had custody. Amazing age for a living creature, isn't it?


38 posted on 06/24/2006 6:54:49 AM PDT by bwteim (bwteim = Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: RandallFlagg

thanks for posting that great pic of gamera.
imagine what would have happened to evolutionary theory if Darwin had found gamera on the island, instead of a tortoise.!


39 posted on 06/24/2006 8:18:12 AM PDT by drhogan (!)
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To: drhogan

Have you seen all of the Gamera series?
In the first one, he was made by a nuke blast in the arctic.
In the remake, he was engineered by an ancient civilization to defend against Gyaos.

The latest movie was released in Japan (Called, "Gamera: The Little Braves") this year.

If you haven't yet, go watch the third of the new series, "Revenge of Iris." It is the best in storyline, FX, camerawork and all sorts of other things not seen in these kind of movies before. Excellent movie.


40 posted on 06/24/2006 8:24:29 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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Gamera: The Revenge of Iris
41 posted on 06/24/2006 8:33:02 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: drhogan

Ping to post #41


42 posted on 06/24/2006 8:33:34 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: RandallFlagg

Thanks--i'll check it out.
gamera is big in our family.
i even have a "movie poster" painted by one of my daughters of gamera fighting king kong!


43 posted on 06/24/2006 12:56:19 PM PDT by drhogan (!)
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