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100-Year-Old Tortoise Saves His Species By Fathering 800 Offsprings

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    Diego was brought in from California's San Diego Zoo, in the mid-1960s, to join a breeding program to save his species. And now, almost eight decades after first being extracted, Diego's mission is accomplished.

    Tortoise - © EPA
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    Just look at that cheeky grin! Diego is set to be released back to his native land, but but returning to Espanola, he must go through a quarantine period to avoid carrying seeds from plants that are not native to the island.

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    Mr Carrion adds, "He's contributed a large percentage to the lineage that we are returning to Espanola. There's a feeling of happiness to have the possibility of returning that tortoise to his natural state."

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