Lonesome George, last of his subspecies of Galapagos Tortoise has died. He was found dead by his long time keeper on June 24th.
George was discovered on the Island of Pinta in 1972, and in his later years was cared for at the Charles Darwin Research Centre. He was about 100 years old. All attempts to preserve his genes by mating him with females of closely related subspecies failed.
The life and times of poor old George are well reported by the BBC.
The Sun (UK), possibly the best argument against freedom of the press I can think of, ran the headline – SHELL SHOCK – and tell us …
He was seen by hundreds of thousands of tourists each year – including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie only a few months ago.