wow. I could care less about all the other news and such, I read all about this guy since I was little and I am crushed that he is gone. unless there are others as yet undiscovered, the pinta island tortoise is extinct, though technically even with George alive the race was doomed. It feels so strange to hear about the extinction of a species as it happens, versus in a textbook.
this was literally the saddest thing i read all yesterday and probably one of the saddest things i've seen all year. I know important people have died and stuff but man, this is a whole (sub)species of animal and it totally breaks my heart.
I know they tried a ton to get him to mate with other subspecies but he either didn't, or the eggs were infertile.
I think they have blood and sperm samples from him but I can't be certain.
That must have been a pretty lonely life, poor guy spending a long portion of his life with none of his own kind. Its a sad day, but on the other hand living life as a relic of the past can't be too joyful.
We at least have DNA samples so we can clone him in the future, right?
@Intrigue, I thought MJ was his own distinct species? :p
or, since the other subspecies are so closely related, they could selectively breed them..... usually Im against cloning a full fledged organism, but in the case of stopping an extinction of a species endemic to a tiny island, I think its pretty well justified. I honestly think this hits me harder than the death of any other famous person, human or animal.