100-year-old Tortoise Who Saved His Species

a turtle swimming under water: Tortoises "Diego", a species of the Española Island giant tortoise species, is pictured in a breeding centre at the Galapagos National Park in Santa Cruz Island, in the Galapagos archipelago, located some 1,000 km off Ecuador's coast, on June 4, 2013.
© RODRIGO BUENDIA/Getty Images Tortoises “Diego”, a species of the Española Island giant tortoise species, is pictured in a breeding centre at the Galapagos National Park in Santa Cruz Island, in the Galapagos archipelago, located some 1,000 km off…

A 100-year-old Galápagos tortoise named Diego is finally going to get some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

On Monday, Diego and 14 other tortoises returned to their native home of Española Island, located in the Galápagos Islands, after helping to save their species from extinction, according to BBC News.

Diego originally, “officially” retired in January, with expectations to return to Española in March.

Since the 1960’s, the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Center, a breeding facility on Santa Cruz Island, has been using Diego and the other tortoises to help bring up population numbers for their species, The New York Times reported. Diego is thought to have fathered over 2,000 tortoises, about 40 percent of the population that is alive today, according to BBC News.

That’s a lot of work for one tortoise.

So Happy Birthday to Diego and…get some rest man !

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