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Friday, March 24, 2006

RIP 250-Year-Old Tortoise

According to the AP, "One of the world's oldest creatures, a giant tortoise believed to have been about 250 years old, has died in the Calcutta zoo where it spent more than half its long life."  I'm not sure how much creedence to put in the age estimate, but the tortoise has apparently been at the zoo since 1875, and a comparatively sprightly tortoise in Australia is documented at 176 years old. 

Given their expected life spans, wise tortoises should save lots of assets for old age and take advantage of the miracle of compound interest.  Someday, of course, we will be able to cryogenically preserve tortoises the way we can for humans.

Posted by Adam Kolber on March 24, 2006 at 10:16 AM | Permalink


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There are plans to do carbon dating tests on the tortoise to establish its true age. Well, think before you adopt a young tortoise. Actuarial calculations predict that it unlike other pets, will NOT die before us.

Posted by: Ruchira Paul | Mar 24, 2006 1:07:58 PM

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