Monday, January 26, 2009

Henry the Tuatara Becomes A Father At 111 Years Old

This little guy is 111 years old, and he just became a daddy for the first time (at least his keepers think so). Here's the scoop from BBC News:

"The keepers of Henry, a tuatara, had thought he was past his prime - especially after showing no interest in females during 40 years in captivity.

But he mated with 80-year-old Mildred last July and 11 of the eggs she produced have now hatched.

Henry's keepers have put his new found vigour down to a recent operation to remove a tumour from his bottom." To read the rest of Henry and Mildred's love story, visit this page on

Good for Henry, but shouldn't even more praise be bestowed on Mildred for carrying the little Tuatara at 80 years old!!!


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