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A 150 year old turtle has died -RIP Speed

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Speed,' Galápagos Tortoise Who Came To San Diego In 1933, Dies At 150

A rare Galápagos tortoise, known affectionately as "Speed," has died at the San Diego Zoo — his home of more than eight decades. He was (approximately) 150.

After suffering for years from arthritis and other problems, which the zoo staff sought "to treat with medication, hydrotherapy, physical therapy, even acupuncture," according to The Los Angeles Times, "a decision was made on Friday to euthanize Speed."

Speed came to the zoo in 1933 from Isabela Island in the Galápagos chain off Ecuador as part of an early effort to preserve the endangered species. The giant tortoises reside only in the Pacific islands that were made famous for helping to inspire Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/06/21/416251717/speed-gal-pagos-tortoise-who-came-to-san-diego-in-1933-dies-at-150

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The Galapagos Islands are so awesome. I really want to go there. Poor Speed! RIP

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