What a man - oooops, sorry, I mean, what a Tortoise! Diego 'Studboy' Chelonoidus was practically the last giant tortoise on the Galapagos but, at the miraculous age of over a hundred, he has fathered some 800 off-spring and thereby saved his species. According to the report on France24:
Diego weighs about 80 kilograms (175 pounds), is nearly 90 centimeters (35 inches) long and 1.5 meters (five feet) tall if he really stretches his legs and neck.
Alas, certain other, er, critical dimensions are not vouchsafed but I think his productivity speaks for itself.
Little did scientists realize just how effective he was, until six years ago.
"We did a genetic study and we discovered that he was the father of nearly 40 percent of the offspring released into the wild on Espanola," Tapia told AFP.
I may have to fly over to the Galapagos and have a quiet word with Diego and try to learn the secret of his success. The 'Memsahib' once gave me some little blue pills and assured me they would do the trick but they never worked. It was only later that I learned from my pharmacist that they were indigestion tablets!