Famed Galapagos tortoise ‘Pepe the Missionary’ dies

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Famed Galapagos tortoise ‘Pepe the Missionary’ dies

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QUITO, Aug 23, 2014:

“Pepe the Missionary,” a giant tortoise who rose to fame as one of the most photographed animals on Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, has died at age 60, officials said on Friday.

Pepe, who lived in a corral at the Galapagos National Park’s Interpretation Centre, died of natural causes, said the park’s ecosystems director, Victor Carrion.

“Several of his organs had been slowly failing,” Carrion told AFP, saying the tortoise was also overweight.

Park director Arturo Izurieta paid tribute to the tortoise on Twitter.

“After 60 years of life, Pepe the Missionary will remain in our memories forever,” Izurieta said.

He brightened the post with a bit of good news for conservationists: “The disappearance of Pepe the tortoise does not put his species in danger.”

Pepe was a member of the Chelonoidis becki species native to Wolf Volcano on the island of Isabela.

About 2,000 tortoises from the same species still live in their native habitat.

Pepe was adopted from the wild by a family from San Cristobal island in the 1940s.

Local fishermen named him “Pepe,” which was then expanded to “Pepe the Missionary” when he was given to Franciscan missionaries on the island in 1967.

He became the missionaries’ mascot and a beloved community pet, often photographed and fed by visitors to the mission.

The missionaries handed him over to the national park in 2012 — the same year the reserve lost another famous tortoise, Lonesome George, the last known member of the subspecies Geochelone nigra abingdoni.

The Galapagos Islands are famous for their unique flora and fauna studied by Charles Darwin as he developed his theory of evolution.

Oh Pepe, we lost you too soon (and we’ve lost too many of your kind). RIP you incredible shell you. 

Zoya heard it was Kirby’s ( thewhimsyturtle ) 1st birthday and she couldn’t let it pass without sending a big celebratory HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISH! She got all dolled up in her birthday hat and picked the best Hibiscus in the garden as a gift (she may have eated it but there are more.. sorry Kirby :s )

Happy Birthday / Adoption Day Kirby! Keep being adorable and making trouble! #Turtpocalypse is counting on you! 😀

wafflesworld:

Mom is home and it’s to.e for some spoilings. First we had a nice warm bath followed by relaxation in bed. Then it was dandie time IN bed! Now we are going to the clover patch. Such a great start to the day.

ZOMG waffles! Dandies in BED? Your mom must have missed you and mango a whole lot! I bet you missed her too (but did you get into any fun trouble while she was gone? hehe)

wafflesworld:

Mom is home and it’s to.e for some spoilings. First we had a nice warm bath followed by relaxation in bed. Then it was dandie time IN bed! Now we are going to the clover patch. Such a great start to the day.

ZOMG waffles! Dandies in BED? Your mom must have missed you and mango a whole lot! I bet you missed her too (but did you get into any fun trouble while she was gone? hehe)

wafflesworld:

Mom is home and it’s to.e for some spoilings. First we had a nice warm bath followed by relaxation in bed. Then it was dandie time IN bed! Now we are going to the clover patch. Such a great start to the day.

ZOMG waffles! Dandies in BED? Your mom must have missed you and mango a whole lot! I bet you missed her too (but did you get into any fun trouble while she was gone? hehe)

wafflesworld:

Mom is home and it’s to.e for some spoilings. First we had a nice warm bath followed by relaxation in bed. Then it was dandie time IN bed! Now we are going to the clover patch. Such a great start to the day.

ZOMG waffles! Dandies in BED? Your mom must have missed you and mango a whole lot! I bet you missed her too (but did you get into any fun trouble while she was gone? hehe)

“HUMOM! HUMOM! YOU BE THE LOG!”

Zoya saw human hanging half in her terrarium and assumed that meant it was time to play. 

Humom was actually picking up leftover noms and was slightly startled by this new game. She couldn’t resist playing along (and was glad her phone was in her pocket so she could capture the moments.)

“HUMOM! HUMOM! YOU BE THE LOG!”

Zoya saw human hanging half in her terrarium and assumed that meant it was time to play. 

Humom was actually picking up leftover noms and was slightly startled by this new game. She couldn’t resist playing along (and was glad her phone was in her pocket so she could capture the moments.)

“HUMOM! HUMOM! YOU BE THE LOG!”

Zoya saw human hanging half in her terrarium and assumed that meant it was time to play. 

Humom was actually picking up leftover noms and was slightly startled by this new game. She couldn’t resist playing along (and was glad her phone was in her pocket so she could capture the moments.)