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Who says everything in excess is bad? This sex maniac turtle has saved his species from extinction
Diego, a 100-year old giant turtle (Chelonoidis hoodensis) is a one man army as he has single-handedly saved his entire species from extinction. This species is found in the wild only on Espanola.

Diego has fathered almost 800 babies over the last five decades he has spent at the Galapagos Islands on the coast of South America, where he had been brought from the San Diego Zoo. He has almost reversed the trend of the extinction of this once endangered species.

Washington Tapia, a tortoise preservation specialist at Galapagos National Park said, "He's a very sexually active male reproducer. He's contributed enormously to repopulating the island."

Before Diego had arrived on this island 50 years ago, there were only two males and twelve females, too scattered on a large-sized island to breed easily. But along came Diego, the most sexually active tortoise on the planet.

Diego lives at the tortoise breeding centre on Santa Cruz island where he mates with six females. He weighs 82 kilograms and measures 90 centimetres in length.

Tapia says, "We don't know exactly how or when he arrived in the United States. He must have been taken from Espanola sometime between 1900 and 1959 by a scientific expedition."


It was only six years ago that the scientists realised how effective a breeder Diego had proved to be. Tapis while talking to AFP said, "We did a genetic study and we discovered that he was the father of nearly 40 per cent of the offspring released into the wild on Espanola."

Almost 2,000 tortoises of this species have been released on this small island, all thanks to the sexual prowess of Diego, due to which the species is no longer extinct.

Out of the 15 species that were known to exist on the Galapagos, three have already gone extinct, falling victim to the pirates in the 18th century who plundered the ecosystem of the islands.

So, all we can say is, way to go Diego.

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