Friday, June 23, 2006

Darwin's tortoise Harriet dies at 176

THE world's oldest animal in captivity has died on the Sunshine Coast at the ripe old age of 176. Giant Galapagos tortoise Harriet has died of a suspected heart attack.

She was a star attraction at Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo since the 1980s and even features in the Guinness Book of Records for her longevity.

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.
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