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Re: 250 yr old Tortoise Dies
> Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2006 08:18:45 -0700 (MST)
> From: "Richard W. Travsky" <email@example.com>
>> "We have documents to prove that he was more than 150 years old,
>> but we have pieced together other evidence like statements from
>> authentic sources and it seems that he is more than 250 years
>> old," he said.
> Tui Malila, who was presented to the Tongan royal family by
> Captain Cook, in either 1773 or 1777, remained in their care until
> its death from natural causes in 1965. This means Tui Malila was
> at least either 188 or 192 years old. ...
Not necessarily. According to the _Guinness Book of Animal Facts and
Feats_, 3rd (and last) edition, 1982:
On 19 May 1966 the death was reported of "Tu'imalilia"
(King of the Malilia), the famous but much-battered
Madagascar radiated tortoise (_Testudo radiata_),
reputed presented to the king of Tonga by Captain
James Cook in 1773, but this record was probably a
composite of two (or more) individuals whose periods
of residence on the island overlapped.
The greatest authentic age recorded for a tortoise is
152+ years for a male Marion's tortoise (_Geochelone
sumeirei_) brought from the Seychelles to Mauritius in
1766 by the Chevalier de Fresne.
/o ) \/ Mike Taylor <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.miketaylor.org.uk
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