Seen here with Fausto Llerena, his caretaker of 40 years, Lonesome George, the last remaining Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni (Pinta Island Giant Tortoise, a subspecies of the Galapagos Tortoise), passed away on Sunday, June 24th. He was around 100.
Scientists had expected him to live another few decades at least.
Various mates had been provided for Lonesome George after he was found in 1972 in what proved unsuccessful attempts to keep his subspecies alive.
Attempts were initially made to mate Lonesome George with two female tortoises from Wolf Volcano. But the eggs they produced were infertile.
Two females from Spanish island's tortoise population, the species most closely related to Pinta tortoises, were placed with him last year.
Sadly, when you're over 100, there are some things even boner pills can't fix. SPOILER: it's your dong. But in all seriousness, I'd like to take this time to give a special thanks to Fausto Llerena, who watched over Lonesome George for the last 40 years, and, at least in my mind, helped alleviate some of that loneliness. You dedicate 40 years of your life to anything, and it's gotta feel like your world is crumbling when it's gone. I'm thinking of you, Fausto. Rest in peace, George.
Thanks to Alex, who has his fingers crossed there are plenty of smexy lady tortoises waiting for ol' George when he FINALLY makes it up the stairs to the pearly gates. Finally, get it? Because tortoises are so slow.