December 5, 2008
No kids for 90-year-old tortoise
Park rangers at Ecuador's Galapagos National Park said a tortoise believed to be the last of its subspecies has failed in two attempts at fathering children.
The rangers said the 90-year-old tortoise named Lonesome George -- the last known member of the Pinta Island tortoise subspecies -- has shown little interest in mating since it was found in 1971, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday.
Galapagos National Park Director-General Sixto Naranjo said it was not known whether George is unfertile but park rangers are searching for other prospective mates of similar subspecies for him.