Lonesome George may soon have offspring

The last Galapagos tortoise of his kind has chance at fatherhood

Lonesome George is the last of his kind. He is a Geochelone abigdoni tortoise from the island of Pinta in the Galapagos. He is currently living at the Charles Darwin Research Station on the central Galapagos island of Santa Cruz. For years scientists have been trying to have him father offspring, but to no avail. But good news: one of the two female tortoises living in George’s compound has laid five eggs. Now, we have to wait until November to see if the eggs will hatch.

BBC News [with video]

The Great Beyond