Sunday, January 16, 2011

Clive of India's tortoise

Adwaitya - Clive's pet Tortoise

I saw a posting on facebook today about a tortoise that died aged 160. It reminded me of an article I read about five years ago regarding a tortoise owned by Clive of India. It died in Calcutta (now Kolcata) Zoo aged 255!

The giant Aldabra tortoise was one of four taken from the Seychelles Islands as gifts for Clive, who died in 1774.

Clive - Outlived by his tortoise

The tortoise, called "Adwaitya" (Bengali for "The Only One"), was part of the Zoo for 131 years. Adwaitya died on 22 March 2006.