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IN Animals ON 16 Sep, 2016
What we are going to tell you in this post is something which you must have never heard of before. Not only because of the reason it holds, but also because it shows us some different aspect of emotions that animals pursue to save their world. The Chelonoidis Hoodensis is a specific species of the tortoise which was on the verge of extinction fifty years ago. But then there was this massive tortoise who was taken from the San Diego Zoo to the Galápagos Islands in Española, hoping that it will breed. And surprisingly in the process, he has single-handedly fathered over 800 offsprings till date.
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Over a span of fifty years, Diego has successfully mated and shown amazing results to protect his species from ultimate extinction.
Named Diego, the giant tortoise, presumably enjoyed his mating sessions every time and never disappointed. He made everyone happy by having more sex than normally tortoises do.
The San Diego Zoo has been a home to a herd of Galápagos tortoises since 1928 and Diego was a part of these herds.
Fifty years ago there were only 2 males and 12 females alive of Diego's species, and they were not capable of reproducing. Then it was Diego who has done more than anything that a tortoise could do by taking this initiative. He has mated exceptionally well with the help of his six mates. He is a dominant male of the species.
Diego weighs about 175 pounds and is nearly 35 inches long. Every morning he slowly peeks his head out from his shell and then turns towards the leaves to have breakfast. He is totally a 'ladies man' as he shares his space with six females who are his mates in the process.
Diego is over 100 years old but is still the most sexually active male reproducer preventing his species from extinction on their native island in Española. He is housed in a breeding center on the Santa Cruz Island.
The scientists did a genetic study after their program of protecting this endangered species was almost done. Surprisingly, it was found that Diego was the father of nearly 40 percent of the offsprings that were released on Española. Due to Diego's tremendous contribution, the species is no longer facing extinction. Well done, Diego!
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