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Old 01-14-2019, 08:23 PM
 
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Okay, maybe not quite a pet, but a little animal that elicited affection.


George the Snail, Believed to Be the Last of His Species, Dies at 14 in Hawaii

For roughly a decade, the land snail species Achatinella apexfulva, which used to be plentiful on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, was believed to be down to a single survivor. His name was George, and he lived his last days alone in a terrarium in Kailua, Hawaii, alongside an ample supply of fungi (a food his ancestors liked to scrape off leaves in the wild).

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/10/s...e-species.html
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Old 01-15-2019, 07:13 AM
 
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He looked more like a Henry.
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Old 01-15-2019, 11:16 AM
 
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Ahhh, I had no idea.

We have no shortage of African snails.... and they are HUGE.
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Old 01-16-2019, 03:31 PM
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Location: Bel Air, California
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thoughts and prayers
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Old 01-16-2019, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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RIP George.
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Old 01-20-2019, 11:16 PM
 
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Default Can someone who know him say a few good words about George?

I didnít know him personally however I visited with one of his cousin while I was in San Diego a few years back. I wish I could remember more about what I learned of George however my memory isnít as good as it once was. Is there anyone among us that would like to give a eulogy? Who might have known him best that can say a few words?

I was able to take a picture of cousin Pete that I took back then.

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Old Yesterday, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Slightly OT, but many people don't know that North American has an incredible diversity of mollusks. Unfortunately, a lot of them are in serious trouble. "North America is a hotspot for freshwater mollusk diversity, but approximately 74% of freshwater gastropods and 72% of freshwater mussels in North America are either extinct, imperiled, or vulnerable to extinction." https://xerces.org/mollusks/

So George may soon see many of his mainland cousins joining him on the Beg Head of Lettuce in the Sky.
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Old Today, 10:26 AM
 
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Mourn not, George fans! They apparently collected some of Georgy boy’s tissues in hopes of possibly cloning him in the future.

So, in the immortal words of The Ahhhnold, “I’ll be back.”
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Old Today, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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It's not too often that we morn the passing of a 'Clan' member; even if he was the last one. The pointed hat gave him away.
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