Monday, June 25, 2012

Lonesome George crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

Lonesome George crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

Lonesome George crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni, or Pinta Island giant tortoise, is a subspecies of Galapagos Islands tortoise native to Ecuador's Pinta Island, believed to have become extinct in June 24th, 2012.
The Pinta Island tortoise is the rarest animal in the world. The last known individual of the subspecies was a male named "Lonesome George", a conservation icon, who died on 24 June, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. local time in Ecuador, South America.
He was believed to be over 100 years old, and he weighed 200 pounds. The event may have marked the total extinction of his subspecies. Lonesome George had been found dead by his caretaker of 40 years. The Director of the Galapagos National Park suspects that the cause of death was heart failure consistent with the end of the natural life cycle of a tortoise.
In his last years, he was known as the rarest creature in the world. George served as a potent symbol for conservation efforts in the Galapagos Islands and internationally.
Steve Irwin, the Australian Zoologist, visited the Galapagos Islands with its famous giant tortoises, and recorded the events on film for his TV programs.
Farewell to Lonesome George, the last representative of the giant tortoise subspecies. He was a symbol of biodiversity loss, but his legacy is felt in the work to restore Galapagos habitats.
Lonesome George's death is very sad news for me and for the world.
Good-Bye, George!!


EM Illustrator said...

Sad news my friend. He sure was a very big turtle.
Wishing you a lovely day!


Chatty Crone said...

Oh that is so sad! He was the last one of his kind - there is no more?? That is so sad. sandie

Starry Dawn said...

Thank you, Eva and Sandie for coming over to this post!!
Thank you also, for expressing your condolences about the loss of poor Lonesome George, the last one of his species!! It's very sad...
We will miss him so much...

Paul said...

Hi Starry:

Long time no talk. Great post about nature and animals. I find myself as I get older, I learn to appreciate nature more and I like to visit those places.

I have a blog where I post my scenic photo of places I visit (if time permits).

I now have a HOME blog please check it out. It is where I connect several of my blogs to share with others my writings, photos and artworks.

Hope things are doing well with you.

God Bless,

Starry Dawn said...

Thank you, Paul for taking some of your precious time to stop by my blogs and offer your heartfelt comments!!
I am glad to see you here again...
Have a blessed day in the Lord!!
Poet Starry.