Darwin’s tortoise dies
Father time has finally caught up with the world’s oldest animal in
Giant Galapagos tortoise Harriet has died of a suspected heart attack at the
ripe old age of 176 on the Sunshine Coast.
She was a star attraction at Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo since the 1980s and
even features in the Guinness Book of Records for her longevity.
Her history is as colourful as the hibiscus flowers she lovingly munched on.
It is believed Harriet was one of three animals naturalist Charles Darwin
brought back from his trip to the Galapagos Islands in 1835 and which led to
his theories of evolution and natural selection.
A few years later, Sir Charles gave them to a Brisbane-bound friend.