Friday, June 23, 2006


RIP Harriet

Harriet, a 176-year-old giant tortoise believed brought back from the Galapagos by Charles Darwin has died in Australia. Harriet lived in Britain for a time before finding her way to the Botanic Gardens in Brisbane. She ended her days at the Australia Zoo.

Harriet was the oldest living animal on the planet according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

One reason, perhaps, that right-wing fundamentalists are so opposed to evolution is that the giant Galapagos tortoise spent more than a century living as a male before her sex was correctly identified. In what must have been the mother of all mid-life crises, Harry became Harriet.


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