Scientists thought that this Galápagos tortoise species went extinct a full century ago.
The last time the species had been witnessed was back in 1906.
Imagine the researchers’ surprise when they discovered a single female tortoise during a 2019 expedition to Fernandina Island.
They were finally able to confirm their findings recently.
Reported by the BBC, the last couple of years since the discovery involved highly detailed genetic testing and implementing conservation efforts.
To prove the link, scientists took samples from the female to compare them to the remains of a male Chelonoidis phantasticus. Geneticists from Yale University were able to determine that the female discovered is indeed a Chelonoidis phantasticus, also known as Fernandina giant tortoise, and she is over a hundred years old.
In true Madison Montgomery fashion, the giant Galápagos tortoise came back to life with some sass.
The lady turtle now lives in a breeding center on Santa Cruz Island, where she will live out the golden years of her life.
In other great news, scientists have found prints, feces, and other signs of life on Fernandina Island. They think that there are more individuals of the species left in the wild.
Future expeditions on the island and Galapagos National Park will be launched to try to locate more turtles. Let’s hope that lady turtle can be friends with more of her own kind!
Anyone else thinks this turtle looks damn good for being over a hundred years old??? Drop that skincare routine, honey.