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Thursday, 28 June 2012

Lonesome George

Rest in Peace Lonesome George - the last of the Pinta Island giant tortoises, who died this week aged around 100.  This is my tribute, drawn in carbon pencil.  There is apparently a small chance that there may be one more Pinta Island tortoise still living - I found the story confusing but hopeful; we shall have to wait and see.  Species do die out, but it's a shame poor old George couldn't have been persuaded to perpetuate his genes - perhaps he was even older than they thought he was, and just couldn't face the effort....
Well, I'm sure that resonates with many of us .......

1 comment:

  1. Goodbye, George. i find the vaunted statistic that "99% of all species who have lived are now extinct" of little comfort.
    As also i find the sentiment from Hamlet's mom: "all who have lived must die, so get over it, Son." Or words to that effect. Thanks for the poignant pencil drawing. --------Troika