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RIP Harriet by Ellerd on 24 June 2006 2:07pm
Australia Zoo on Queensland's Sunshine Coast is mourning the loss of the country's oldest captive creature.

Harriet, a 176-year-old giant Galapagos tortoise, was the star attraction.

She even made it into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Senior vet Dr John Hangar says it appears she had a heart attack.

"Harriet sadly died last night after, thankfully, a very short illness," he said.

"She'd been sick yesterday with, in effect, heart failure.

"She had a very fairly acute heart attack and thankfully passed away quietly overnight."

Dr Hangar says Harriet has been credited with helping develop Charles Darwin's scientific studies.

"It's thought she may have been taken off there by Charles Darwin," he said.

"She's spent a period of time in Britain and found herself at the Botanic Gardens in Brisbane from about 1850 or 1860 onwards and eventually she found her way up to Australia Zoo."

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/australia/qld/sunshine/200606/s1670600.htm
Re: RIP Harriet by tucsonmike on 24 June 2006 5:38pm
Sorry to hear that. Sounds like an interesting story.
Re: RIP Harriet by perfectbitch on 24 June 2006 7:02pm
Goodbye Harriet. What a girl!

Re: RIP Harriet by perfectbitch on 24 June 2006 10:40pm
Just to say they had footage of Harriet on the news this evening - brought a tear to my eye it did!

Re: RIP Harriet by canaveralgumby on 24 June 2006 10:47pm
I find it surreal to encounter any living thing such as this. There's a giant tree in the middle of the Alamo fort which is 100's of years old. You lean on it or put your hand on it, and it feels like a rift in time, like, Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie leaned on this very same tree. The tree saw the whole thing.

Sorry, rambling...
Re: RIP Harriet by suzulu on 25 June 2006 12:21am
That's very sad. RIP, Harriet. 176 years old! That's amazing! If only she could have talked, what stories she could have told.
Re: RIP Harriet by Ellerd on 25 June 2006 3:46am
Canaveralgumby, I agree! Brisbane itself was established around the 1820s or 1830s, so Harriet has been with the city nearly from the start. Incidentally, only recently was it established that Harriet was female - she was known as Harry for much of her life.

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