Harriet, Darwin’s tortoise, dies at 176

From yesterday's SMH:

"Giant Galapagos tortoise Harriet has died of a suspected heart attack at the ripe old age of 176 on the Sunshine Coast.

… 

Her history is as colourful as the hibiscus flowers she lovingly munched on.

It is believed Harriet was one of three animals naturalist Charles Darwin brought back from his trip to the Galapagos Islands in 1835 and which led to his theories of evolution and natural selection.

A few years later, Sir Charles gave them to a Brisbane-bound friend."

The article is at http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/darwins-tortoise-aged-176-dies/2006/06/23/1150845377114.html

2 Responses to Harriet, Darwin’s tortoise, dies at 176

  1. Rafe says:

    Good call. I almost posted on that item!

  2. Sacha says:

    Amazing to think that she accompanied Darwin, isn’t it?

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