SAN DIEGO — Sad news from the San Diego Zoo: The Galapagos tortoise Speed has died.
At an estimated age of more than 150 years, Speed had been in geriatric decline for some time, with arthritis and other maladies, Los Angeles Times reported. Keepers treated him with medication, hydrotherapy, physical therapy, even acupuncture.
Finally, a decision was made Friday to euthanize Speed, who had been at the zoo since 1933.
He was brought to the zoo as part of an early effort to preserve the endangered species from the Volcan Cerro Azul Island of the Galapagos Islands, off Ecuador.
For years Speed and other Galapagos tortoises resided at the Children’s Zoo, where youngsters were allowed to ride them. (A practice long since abandoned).