Bye-bye, George

Ambassador of endangered species everywhere dies from old age

By Janet Raloff, 17:30 PM June 27, 2012

For roughly a century, George slowly explored his territory on a Galápagos island off of Ecuador’s west coast. The 200-pound guy ambled slowly. But that was to be expected — George was a giant tortoise. Alas, sometime in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 24, Ecuador’s beloved reptile took his last step.

It was a sad time for the researchers and park rangers who for decades had watched over the little guy (tortoises from other parts of the Galápagos Islands could be three times his s...

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