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    A giant tortoise of the Pinta island subspecies named 'Lonesome George' passed away over the weekend at the Galapagos National Park in Galápagos, Ecuador. Animal handler Fausto Llerena found the tortoise in his pen on Sunday and scientists believe that George was at least a century old - George was the last surviving member of the Pinta island subspecies.

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    A Giant tortoise named Lonesome George, of the Galapagos Islands, was the last living member of the Pinta Island subspecies

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