La tortue de Saint-Germain est morte

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A week ago today, in a Calcutta zoo, a tortoise called Addwaita died. He was one of four Aldabra tortoises brought to India by British sailors in the 18th century, and presented as a gift for Lord Robert Clive of the East India Company, who was instrumental in establishing British colonial rule in India, before he returned to England in 1767. Long after the other three tortoises died, Addwaita continued to thrive, living in Clive’s garden before being moved to the zoo in 1875. According to zoo records, on his death he was though to be approximately 250 years old…


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