At 90 years of age, one of the last remaining giant tortoises of its kind, may soon be a father.
After decades of effort to get him to mate, Lonesome George finally mated with one of two female tortoises that are kept near him last year. However, the eggs ended up not being fertile. He has since mated again this year and the female has laid 5 eggs. The eggs are being cared for in an incubation centre. However, it won’t be until November before scientists know whether they are fertile.
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