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Suitanim
03-23-2006, 08:17 PM
Amazing.

http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20060323-105935-4122r

Clive's tortoise dies at age 255

CALCUTTA, India, March 23 (UPI) -- Adwaitya the tortoise, once owned by the man whose British East India Company helped colonize India in the 18th century, has died at the age of 255.


Adwaitya, or "The only one," was one of four giant Aldabra tortoises given to Robert Clive by British seamen who caught them in the Seychelles Islands, reports The Times of London. The other three died soon after they arrived in India.
In recent years, Adwaitya had numerous illnesses.
"Our records show the tortoise was born in 1750, but some have claimed he was born in 1705," said the Calcutta zoo's director.
"Adwaitya, who delighted the zoo visitors for 131 years, died (Wednesday) morning. His shell will be preserved in the zoo."


Clive, who became known as the "Conqueror of India," arrived in South Asia 1743 as a clerk in the East India Company. But it was his military skill that helped him lay the foundation for eventual British rule of India. Clive died in 1774.

SteelerzGirl
03-23-2006, 09:11 PM
RIP, Adwaitya... You most certainly lived a long life.

Suitanim
03-23-2006, 09:32 PM
It is intriguing...to think that that tortoise lived through the Revolutionary War...too bad it's just a stupid turtle and could never appreciate the historical signifigance of it's own existence.

klick81
03-24-2006, 02:48 AM
you don't exist for 250 + years by being stupid??? lol

LOL...good point!

Suitanim
03-24-2006, 09:30 AM
you don't exist for 250 + years by being stupid??? lol

Well, you know, I meant relatively speaking and such...I hardly think the turtle was writing dissertations on how day-to-day life has evolved over 3 centuries.

melroseplace
03-24-2006, 09:54 AM
wow that's insane to think he was alive for so many historical events. at least he got to see the Steelers get the one for the thumb before he passed :helmet:

klick81
03-24-2006, 02:02 PM
wow that's insane to think he was alive for so many historical events. at least he got to see the Steelers get the one for the thumb before he passed :helmet:

He was alive for all FIVE!

ngreene15
03-24-2006, 03:43 PM
How does something stay alive for that long?

klick81
03-25-2006, 02:45 AM
Live a very slow, mellow life.