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    Smile News that makes you go ahh :: Harriet the Galapagos Tortoise turns 175yrs young.

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    Darwin's tortoise reaches 175
    (Filed: 15/11/2005)

    One of the world's oldest living animals, Harriet the tortoise, has celebrated her 175th birthday with a pink hibiscus flower cake at her retirement home in northern Australia.

    Australia Zoo, where Harriet has spent the past 17 years, says the Giant Galapagos Land Tortoise was collected by British scientist Charles Darwin in 1835, although some historians have disputed this.

    Harriet, who for more than a century was thought to be a male and named Harry, is recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living chelonian, or reptile with a shell of bony plates.

    "I can't see why she shouldn't live till 200," said Australian conservationist and television celebrity Steve Irwin, who owns the Zoo.

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    For picture :: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/grap...5/uharriet.jpg

    For video and more info :: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...ic/4438448.stm


    I first heard about Harriet and her birthday a good few weeks ago now, maybe a month or two even, so i imagine some of you will also read or heard something about it too.

    I thought her birdthday had been and gone but it appears today or yesterday with the Aussies being more than a few hours ahead, was the big day.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRIET

    You see, this is a lesson to all of us, if you slow down and reduce the stress in your lives, you'll be able to lvie to a riple old age and enjoy Hibiscus Flower Cakes on your B'Day like Harriet.

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    Saw this on the news! Amazing how long Harriet has been around. I would of like to seen the many things she has seen. They think harriet will live till 2030!

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    Mmm.. turtle soup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LP-Trel
    Mmm.. turtle soup.
    Awful. That turtle is one amazing creature .

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    175 years old eh? Wow. I think if us humans could live that long we'd all definately be bored out of our minds or REALLY grumpy.

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    Wow... amazing. I'd never heard about this before.
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    Pretty good age! The oldest human is like 120, it's amazing when you think about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by agent420
    175 years old eh? Wow. I think if us humans could live that long we'd all definately be bored out of our minds or REALLY grumpy.
    I've met Harriet - I used to live about 20 minutes away from Australia Zoo. The look on her face is pretty much exactly that, though I don't imagine tortoises have much expresion in their faces.

    She's actually pretty big in person too.
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    Man that chick is old
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