From: Eduardo Garcia, Reuters
Published July 22, 2009 11:04 AM

Almost extinct Galapagos tortoise mates at 90


QUITO (Reuters) - Lonesome George, the last remaining giant tortoise of his kind, may soon be a father to the delight of conservationists.

Unhatched eggs have been found in his "bachelor" pen in the Galapagos Islands, his keepers said on Tuesday.

For decades, the last known Pinta island tortoise had shown little interest in reproducing. But at age 90, George is said to be in his sexual prime.

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Galapagos tortoises were among the species Charles Darwin observed to formulate his theory of evolution in the 19th century.

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