October 11, 2005
Harriet is heading for her 175th birthday!
11 years ago
She doesn't look a day over 150 does she?
There are thought to be barely a dozen of her sub-species left. This is partly her fault. She still ovulates,
but has not had a mate for 100 years.
You can't blame her for that, since according to
Harriet's Brisbane caretakers mistook her for a male, dubbing her "Harry." For the next 100 years, they tried in vain to mate her with other female Galapagos land tortoises.
Anyway, happy birthday old girl!
The size of an enormous paella dish
I knew there was a reason to Britain switched to the metric system. How many pints are there in a giant paella dish?
...she was picked up by whalers for something more prosaic than research, namely her urine (for drinking)...
What? Everybody here swigs back tortoise urine with abandon but me? I want to know how many pints there are in Harriet!
I dunno, are paella dishes really that big? As I recall, last time I saw her she was a bit grumpy - apparently she'd been biting the other tortoises in a bid to secure more aubergines, courgettes and parsley, and as a result was moved to a private enclosure.
At 175, she's earned the riht to be grumpy.
add a 'g' to riht.
the one time I don't use preview...
Here, have a glass of tortoise urine. Don't worry about it.
Paella pans can easily exceed a meter in diameter. Though there are