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...