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Lonesome George

Lonesome George
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-29
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-25 13:47
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Pinta Giant Tortoise (Chelonoidis abingdoni)

Lonesome George ; the last remaining tortoise of his kind and a conservation icon, died on June 24, 2012.

He was the "rarest animal alive" , according to the Guinness Book of World Records- The giant male Galapagos tortoise that goes by the name of Lonesome George.

He was the only remaining specimen of the Pinta Island tortoise (Chelonoidis abingdoni)and with his death, the Pinta Island tortoise subspecies are extinct.


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Long time since your last picture, good focus, sad occasion,


Hello Selen
Great document and wonderful capture of this giant.From now on we are poorer.Thank You so much.
Best regards

You make your appearance here on TN after a long time and that too with heart-breaking news -- the demise of the last specimen of Pinta Giant Tortoise and thereby the extinction of this sub-species. Ver very sad, indeed.
Your picture of 'Lonesome George' you took five years ago in South America is a strong visual portrayal of a character with tragic dimensions already manifest in its old sagging skin and in its impassive face on the ground evocative of its deep sense of loneliness. It seems to have withdrawn into a world of its own . . . I'm on the verge of crying . .
Thanks, Selen.

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2012-06-25 22:57]

Hello Selen,
Impressive picture ! Colors and details are gorgeous ! Impressive composition ! It look like he know about he is the last and only one ! TFS Tina

Ciao Selen, great portrai of fantastic creature, splendid sharpness, fine details and beautiful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Good picture and a sad story , i read this in the newspaper today and really felt bad , was also wondering whether's this guys picture is on TN! The pictures says a lot about this animal .. it has a kind of sad feeling!
Goutham Ramesh

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-26 7:50]

Hello Selen,
It was on the tv news yesterday. How nice that you got a photo of this tortoise. An important memory.
A beautiful photo in beautiful colours and taken from the best low POV.

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2013-04-25 11:12]

Hi Selen,

Good to hear from you. Poor George...I met him when I was there more than 10 years ago. It must been a lonely life by yourself for soooo long. This is a really nice shot, even here we can see he is just so sad and lonely.

Hope to see more post from you soon and hope all is well with you. I know it is not the same here.


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