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Friday, January 4, 2008

Giant tortoises mating


On our recent trip to the Galapagos, we saw giant tortoises in the wild, including this scene.


The male can weigh as much as 500 pounds, making this uncomfortable for the female. If he falls off, we are told, he won't get another chance. Just like with humans. More pictures here.

UPDATE: Scientific American has chosen to delete its "community" section, so the link above will not work.

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