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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-23-2006, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Sad day for the Crocodile Hunter

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Sadness as Harriet's race ends

Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and staff at Australia Zoo are in mourning after the sudden death of celebrity exhibit, Harriet the Giant Galapagos Tortoise, at the age of 176.

Harriet had held the Guinness World Record for being the oldest living animal in captivity and the zoo held special celebrations for her birthday each year.

It was believed that Harriet was collected by Sir Charles Darwin in 1835 from the Galapagos Islands during his scientific research which resulted in his Theory of Evolution.

She had been a major attraction at Australia Zoo for almost 20 years, where her favourite food was hibiscus flowers.

Irwin said Harriet's passing would be sadly mourned as she had been "a huge chunk" of his family life.

"I have grown up with this gorgeous old girl and so have my kids," he said. "She was possibly one of the oldest living creatures on the planet and her passing ... is not only a great loss for the world but a very sad day for my family. She was a grand old lady."

Recent pic of Irwin, his wife, Terri and Harriet...



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When I saw the thread title, I thought he gotten eaten by a croc... and died.
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I thought the same, or mabey his kid since he does the same stuff with her. Poor old turtle. I wonder if it was just old age or something else? Did that guy with the dog from that other thread visit AUS recently?!?!?
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Hi All-

That's a great find, cooketree. Harriet the big tortoise almost looks like she knows she is among friends in the photograph. She has her head sticking out and she shows no fear at all. That kind of longevity is just amazing. Hopefully she is at peace in turtle heaven someplace.

It's the same way when people purchase a pet parrot. It's something you better do as a youngster because those birds can easily reach 80 to 90 years of age. Most people make arrangements in their will for who will inherit them!

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It's the same way when people purchase a pet parrot. It's something you better do as a youngster because those birds can easily reach 80 to 90 years of age. Most people make arrangements in their will for who will inherit them!
It better not be me in that will!!! Damn... I hate birds lol.
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Damn...I hate birds lol.
You hate birds now, do you?

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It's extraordinary to imagine the things that have happened in the world since Harriet was born, which is estimated to be in 1830, the same year as poet Emily Dickinson.




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post #9 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-24-2006, 02:27 AM
 
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I think the real reason why Harriet died is because she wrecked her harley at bike week.

Lord, I apologize for that one there, and be with all the starving Pygmies down there in New Guinea, Amen!
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When I saw the thread title, I thought he gotten eaten by a croc... and died.
I think just about everyone was thinking that!
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