It is true that some species have a different life time frame than humans. Most are much shorter – some, like macaws and elephants – pretty much mirror ours at around 80 years. But many tortoise and turtles along with horseshoe crabs and a variety of other animals make us look like mortal pikers. George, the well-known endangered Galapagos tortoise, after years of sexual indifference, appears to be coming into his sexual prime at 90. Conservationists are delighted he has mated and they have found eggs in his pen, as with only 20,000 left of his species, George is under pressure to continue the line. Well done, George – you are an inspiration to all of us. Let’s hope your legacy keeps going!
Photo from Reuters