Harriet’s race over after 176 years
News source: The Courier-Mail, June 24-25
CROCODILE Hunter Steve Irwin and staff at Australia Zoo were in mourning yesterday after the sudden death of celebrity exhibit, Harriet the Giant Galapagos Land Tortoise, at the age of 176.
Harriet had held the Guinness World Record for being the oldest living animal in captivity.
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.