Darwin’s tortoise dead at 176

From Yahoo News

Fri Jun 23, 6:21 AM ET

SYDNEY (AFP) – A 176-year-old giant tortoise believed to have been studied by famed English naturalist Charles Darwin, has died in Australia after a short illness.

The extremely elderly tortoise, Harriet, was hatched on the
Galapagos Islands in 1830 but lived out her final years at Australia Zoo in southeast Queensland where she was the star attraction.

Senior veterinarian John Hangar said the 150-kilogram (330-pound) reptile died on Thursday night after a short illness.

“She had been sick yesterday with, in effect, heart failure,” Hangar told ABC radio.

“She had a fairly acute heart attack and thankfully passed away quietly overnight.”

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