Mar
27
2006

That's a lot of birthday candles


Aldabra Giant Tortoise: this is not Adwaita but another turtle of the same species from the Bristol Zoo, Bristol, England. Courtesy Adrian Pingstone

One of Earth's oldest known living creatures passed away on March 22. , a giant tortise believed to be around 250 years old, died at the Calcutta, India, zoo were it lived for more than half of its life.

Adwaita was one of four Aldabra tortises brought to India in the 18th Century by British sailors. Researchers were planning to do cardon-dating tests on the tortise's shell to determine its exact age. The next oldest tortise known to be in captivity is 176 years old in a Melbourne, Australia, zoo.

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Anonymous says:

thats cool

posted on Tue, 03/28/2006 - 5:17pm
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I think it is wonderful to have so much information available to children (and in our State). I hope more families take advantage of the Science Museum. Thanks for being so outstanding.\r\n\r\nA greatful grandmother. YMK

posted on Tue, 03/28/2006 - 6:19pm
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Anonymous says:

wow i did not now tortise could get that old. i hope the other one has a nice life and live as long as the other one did..... jenna wilken uk age 17

posted on Fri, 03/31/2006 - 1:29pm
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I think it would be pretty darn cool to be a tortise. Especially if you get to live for 250 years. Too bad I'll become a bus driver, get married to a journalist, have 7 kids and die when I'm a mere 97 years of age.

posted on Fri, 03/31/2006 - 8:45pm
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Anonymous says:

Turtles are cool.

posted on Fri, 03/31/2006 - 8:51pm
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cool turtles

posted on Sat, 04/01/2006 - 3:55pm
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Anonymous says:

I think it is amazing! Just think of all the things that have happened in this animals lifetime and all the people that have come and gone. It makes you wonder what kind of memory does a tortoise have?
Amy of Bloomington, MN

posted on Sun, 04/02/2006 - 12:46pm

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