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Harry, the tortoise turns 175

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posted on Nov, 15 2005 @ 07:35 PM
Man this is amazing, this animal was actually around while Darwin was visiting the islands and became inspired by his theory.
Happy Bday Harry and many more.

CANBERRA, Australia - Harriet the tortoise, quite possibly the oldest living animal on Earth, celebrated her 175th birthday on Tuesday -- with a pink hibiscus flower cake at her retirement home in northern Australia.

Australia Zoo, where Harriet has spent the past 17 years, claims the Giant Galapagos Land Tortoise was collected by British scientist Charles Darwin in 1835.

The story really begins in 1835, when Harriet was just five and about the size of a dinner plate. She was discovered by Charles Darwin when he landed at the Galapagos archipelago.

[edit on 15-11-2005 by valkeryie]

posted on Nov, 15 2005 @ 07:39 PM
Happy Birthday Harriet!

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posted on Nov, 17 2005 @ 06:42 PM
yea thats pretty amazing, 175! wow!

posted on Jun, 24 2006 @ 11:49 AM
Harriet, has passed away at 176.

A 176-year-old tortoise, believed by some to have been owned by Charles Darwin, has died in an Australian zoo.

The giant tortoise, known as Harriet, was long reputed to have been one of three tortoises taken from the Galapagos Islands by Darwin on his historic 1835 voyage aboard the HMS Beagle.

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