Friday, May 16, 2003

Turtles and tortoises

Turtles are my absolute favourite creatures on the planet, not least because they were around before the dinosaurs and are still with us. To me, they represent the very best of evolutionary adaptation and, well, I think they're really beautiful. My box turtles were stunning, if demanding, pets. Now BBC reports that "the survival of two-thirds of the world's tortoises and freshwater turtles is under threat." It makes me so sad to think that creatures with more than 100 million years of history on our planet can be wiped out by unsound bipeds of recent origin. Sometimes humans suck.

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