Diego the Tortoise’s job — having sex to save his species — is done here and it’s time to enjoy retirement on an uninhabited Galápagos island where he can sit back and think of all the banging it took to save the Galápagos tortoise population. Now 100 and no longer needed to spread his seed, Diego will go down in the record books for fathering around 40% of the entire species.
According to the Guardian, things weren’t looking good for the Chelonoidis hoodensis back in the 1960s. “Around 50 years ago, there were only two males and 12 females of Diego’s species alive on Española, and they were too spread out to reproduce.”
Enter Diego and his siring career of more than 2,000 giant tortoises. Scientists say Diego’s a straight to the point kind of guy who was, “quite aggressive, active and vocal in his mating habits.”
Happy trails to this stud who was clearly put on this planet by Mother Nature for a reason. Diego had one job and he did that job well. And kudos to the scientists for taking Diego to an uninhabited island where tourists won’t be bothering him for Instagram photos. Thank you for your service, sir.