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Scientists: Galapagos tortoise can be revived
AP via Yahoo ^ | November 22, 2012 | Frank Bajak

Posted on 11/25/2012 1:45:43 PM PST by EveningStar

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Lonesome George, the late reptile prince of the Galapagos Islands, may be dead, but scientists now say he may not be the last giant tortoise of his species after all.

Researchers say they may be able to resurrect the Pinta Island subspecies by launching a cross-breeding program with 17 other tortoises found to contain genetic material similar to that of Lonesome George, who died June 24 at the Pacific Ocean archipelago off Ecuador's coast after repeated failed efforts to reproduce.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: galapagostortoise; lonesomegeorge
Note: this article refers to a recently extinct subspecies of the Galápagos tortoise. There are still 10 extant subspecies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gal%C3%A1pagos_tortoise

1 posted on 11/25/2012 1:45:51 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar
Revive?

I ain't doing CPR on that, you do it!


2 posted on 11/25/2012 1:49:24 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: EveningStar

3 posted on 11/25/2012 1:49:44 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Global Warming is a religion, and I don't want to be taxed to pay for a faith that is not mine.)
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To: EveningStar

natural selection..... the species is dead let it rest. How much money is going to be blown on this hair brained scheme


4 posted on 11/25/2012 1:52:52 PM PST by SouthernBoyupNorth ("For my wings are made of Tungsten, my flesh of glass and steel..........")
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To: SouthernBoyupNorth

Oh how I would laugh if they ‘brought it back’ and it thrived on some other animal and drove that to extinction.


5 posted on 11/25/2012 1:57:34 PM PST by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded.)
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6 posted on 11/25/2012 1:59:51 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Repeat Offender

Yep. All that time wasted when my kids found a baby bunny, brought it back to health, released it into the wild, and then watched a hawk get it moments later, LOL!

(I know. I’m the Worst. Mom. Ever. But it was a valuable life lesson.)


7 posted on 11/25/2012 2:01:07 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I hand raised a baby squirrel.

Mine lasted two weeks before the cats got her...


8 posted on 11/25/2012 2:05:17 PM PST by null and void (The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Well the hawk was well fed.

Your story sounds like analogy for Government Motors. It had a parasite that made it deathly ill. A nanny "nursed" it back to false health.......and the hawks are picking it apart.

9 posted on 11/25/2012 2:05:42 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: EveningStar

What with all those repeated efforts to reproduce, they just wore George out.


10 posted on 11/25/2012 2:08:55 PM PST by Argus
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To: EveningStar

George wasn’t getting any mud for his turtle.


11 posted on 11/25/2012 2:09:13 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
LOL...Rush is fond of the tale of the sea otter that was rescued at Prince William sound following the Exxon Valdez DUI. One oil laden otter had been plucked from the shore and became somewhat of a local celebrity as the media covered his recovery and rehabilitation.

Finally, the big day came when it was time to return him to the wilds, and students were let out of school, I believe a mayor and a marching band showed up, and when the otter was released, he slipped out to sea only to be swallowed by a hungry orca waiting in the depths.

12 posted on 11/25/2012 2:09:18 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: EveningStar

They named it after George Gobel?


13 posted on 11/25/2012 2:09:23 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
LOL...Rush is fond of the tale of the sea otter that was rescued at Prince William sound following the Exxon Valdez DUI. One oil laden otter had been plucked from the shore and became somewhat of a local celebrity as the media covered his recovery and rehabilitation.

Finally, the big day came when it was time to return him to the wilds, and students were let out of school, I believe a mayor and a marching band showed up, and when the otter was released, he slipped out to sea only to be swallowed by a hungry orca waiting in the depths.

14 posted on 11/25/2012 2:09:37 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: GeronL
I ain't doing CPR on that, you do it!

What? I thought everyone knew you did CPR on a hard shell critter by sticking a glass tube up it's rear. OOOHHHH! Unless they forgot to tell you to blow.......

15 posted on 11/25/2012 2:10:01 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Repeat Offender; Diana in Wisconsin

My daughter had a hamster. The cat, Smitty caught him and he died. We buried him with the epithet: Smitty was his bane, Smitty was his sorry, Smitty wants to dig him up for breakfast tomorrow.


16 posted on 11/25/2012 2:11:08 PM PST by Mercat
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To: EveningStar

Exactly. He was one of the subspecies. There are thousands, if not tens of thousands, of very closely related individuals.


17 posted on 11/25/2012 2:16:26 PM PST by djf (Conservative values help the poor. Liberal values help them STAY poor!!!)
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To: EveningStar

Never Say Die


18 posted on 11/25/2012 2:27:53 PM PST by bigbob
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To: bigheadfred; al baby
What? I thought everyone knew you did CPR on a hard shell critter by sticking a glass tube up it's rear.

Oh no... I ain't getting close to no tortoise BRD

19 posted on 11/25/2012 2:30:04 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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