--It turns out that
giant tortoises have a very special
property, and this property kept them from
making it to Europe for classification for
three hundred years. WIKIPEDIA
PHOTO - COURTESY: CHILDZY
flaw of the giant tortoise
'discovered' in the fifteen hundreds, it
wasn’t until near the end of the nineteenth
century that they made it into the text books
-- I have found another great animal
fact to add to the giraffe-lightning ‘fact’.
this one has the benefit of definitely being true
– I heard it from Stephen Fry, who is a bone
fide source, being the UK’s national treasure
and more revered than the Queen.
apparently it took over three hundred years for
the giant tortoise to be classified and given a
First 'discovered' in the fifteen
hundreds, it wasn’t until near the end of the
nineteenth century that they made it into the text
Why was this?
It turns out that giant tortoises
have a very special property, and this property
kept them from making it to Europe for
classification for three hundred years.
The property was this – that
they were edible.
They weren’t just edible, they
were so fantastically tasty that no one could stop
themselves eating all the tortoises before they
got anywhere near home.
Ships would be stocked with dozens
of these creatures – and not one made it through
THREE HUNDRED YEARS
I’m not just talking about
rufty-tufty oiky sailors.
All explorers, all zoologists, yes
even Darwin was at it.
There are records of the time that
compare the taste to chicken, beef, pork, butter,
and all are ecstatic in their praise saying that
they tasted SO MUCH better than any of these
Giant tortoises also had amazingly
efficient bladders that acted like fresh water
stores; this also turns out to be pretty handy on
a long sea voyage.
So the poor things ended up being
stacked on top of each other on the boats, unable
to move, waiting out the long sea voyage for their
turn at the dinner table.
There are plenty of these
spectacular Giant Tortoise to be seen at Haller
I wonder if they have plans for
AND - of course, not forgetting
the story of 'Owen and Mzee'!