Saturday, June 24, 2006

R.I.P. Harriet

SYDNEY, Australia - A 176-year-old tortoise believed to be one of the world’s oldest living creatures has died in an Australian zoo.

The giant tortoise, known as Harriet, died at the Queensland-based Australia Zoo owned by “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin and his wife Terri. Irwin said he considered Harriet a member of the family.

“Harriet has been a huge chunk of the Irwin family’s life,” Irwin said Saturday. “She is possibly one of the oldest living creatures on the planet and her passing today is not only a great loss for the world but a very sad day for my family. She was a grand old lady.”
She was also smarter than the Australian Prime Minister and his entire Cabinet, plus she remembered Charles Darwin as a "party animal."


Kevin said...

And she made a lovely soup.

The Turtle's Back said...

That would be MOCK TURTLE soup, yes?

Smarter than the cabinet would not be hard - more beautiful too! :)

Anonymous said...

She was DEFINATELY smarter than the Prime Minister and his Cabinet.
I live here, I have first hand experience...........
(No, I don't know Steve Irwin, and I don't want to......)