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Lonely George the Tree Snail Dies, and a Species Goes Extinct

Animals  (tags: endangered, environment, conservation )

- 8 days ago -
he worldâEUR(TM)s loneliest snail is no more. George, a Hawaiian tree snailâEUR"and the last known member of the species Achatinella apexfulvaâEUR"died on New YearâEUR(TM)s Day. He was 14, which is quite old for a snail of his kind.


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Phyllis P (232)
Tuesday January 8, 2019, 6:26 pm
George was born in a captive breeding facility at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa in the early 2000s, and soon after, the rest of his kin died. That’s when he got his name—after Lonesome George, the Pinta Island tortoise who was also the last of his kind.

For over a decade, researchers searched in vain for another member of the species for George to mate with, to no avail. (Though these snails are hermaphrodites, two adults must mate to produce offspring, and researchers refer to George as a “he.”)

Phyllis P (232)
Tuesday January 8, 2019, 6:27 pm
If you look at the article there is a beautiful array of photos of various snails. I had no idea, they were such beauties!!

Animae C (508)
Tuesday January 8, 2019, 7:08 pm
So sad 🙁

TY Phyllis

fly bird (26)
Tuesday January 8, 2019, 7:08 pm
Thank you for sharing, Phyllis.

Every creature on the planet is a living marvel.

Janis K (129)
Tuesday January 8, 2019, 9:15 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Laura H (964)
Tuesday January 8, 2019, 9:26 pm
My heart hurts...
Rest In Peace George. I hope there is a miracle and these amazing tree snails are not really extinct.
Thank you Phyllis.

Christeen A (298)
Tuesday January 8, 2019, 10:05 pm
Sad tears.

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday January 8, 2019, 10:21 pm
Sorry to hear the sad news, especially that this species has gone extinct. R.I.P George.
Thanks Phyllis

Raleighaway k (355)
Tuesday January 8, 2019, 10:36 pm
Very sad. ty Phyllis

Angelflowers Dawkins (1)
Wednesday January 9, 2019, 2:21 am
Poor blighter..😡

Beryl Ludwig (82)
Wednesday January 9, 2019, 7:19 am
Thank you Phyllis

MmAway M (517)
Wednesday January 9, 2019, 7:57 am
Oh NO! Noted with extreme sadness
RIP George
Ty Phyllis

David C (89)
Wednesday January 9, 2019, 10:10 am
read this recently, sadly noted, thank you

Mike M (40)
Wednesday January 9, 2019, 10:37 am
I read this this morning, noted

Dawn M (141)
Wednesday January 9, 2019, 1:33 pm
Sad! RIP George

joey nelson (31)
Wednesday January 9, 2019, 1:33 pm
SAD !!!

Suzanne L (99)
Wednesday January 9, 2019, 5:20 pm
Thank you for sharing Phyllis. I had no idea snail species were having such dire problems.

Fran F (116)
Wednesday January 9, 2019, 7:44 pm
So very sad! Poor guy. Thank you, Phyllis.

Lona G (66)
Wednesday January 9, 2019, 9:29 pm
Tragic, another species that we know of gone, and how many ore have died today that we weren't even aware of?

Elisabeth H (85)
Wednesday January 9, 2019, 10:14 pm
sad. tyfs

Mandi T (366)
Wednesday January 9, 2019, 10:29 pm
So dang SAD :-( Tks Phyllis

Danny v (32)
Thursday January 10, 2019, 1:11 am

Danuta W (1251)
Thursday January 10, 2019, 3:03 am

SylvieBusy A (191)
Thursday January 10, 2019, 3:45 am
Very sad. Thank you

MARY D (158)
Thursday January 10, 2019, 6:10 am
This is so sad. Too many species are going extinct because of us.

Shirley S (187)
Thursday January 10, 2019, 6:15 am
Poor lonely George.

Donna T (0)
Thursday January 10, 2019, 7:07 am
And so it will continue...

Alexandra Richards (0)
Thursday January 10, 2019, 9:49 am
Thank you.

Lisa M (13)
Thursday January 10, 2019, 9:53 am
Very sad. George was so beautiful and a magnificent life. Rest in peace, George.

Melania Padilla (123)
Thursday January 10, 2019, 9:57 am
Snails are so cool. what a mess we've created! I hope, I hope there is a hidden population and that we don't find it, never!

Michael F (179)
Thursday January 10, 2019, 10:25 am
Thank You for Sharing and Caring

TOM T (247)
Thursday January 10, 2019, 12:48 pm
What a SHAME !!

Anne K (139)
Thursday January 10, 2019, 4:26 pm
Thanks, Phyllis.

Joy M (167)
Thursday January 10, 2019, 5:01 pm
Thank you, noted..

Margarita R (24)
Friday January 11, 2019, 2:45 pm
thanks for sharing

Betty Kowall (304)
Friday January 11, 2019, 3:00 pm
Very very sad!

trish cornelison (0)
Friday January 11, 2019, 3:47 pm
Very sad a mate couldn't have been found.. thank you for sharing

Monica R (28)
Sunday January 13, 2019, 7:04 am
Noted. Thanks for sharing
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