Endling is a word for an individual animal that is the last of its species or subspecies.
1912 - 2012
this makes me so sad
Wanna give him a cuddle
You just don’t understand what Lonesome George means actually. He used to live in Galapagos Islands, “El Solitario George” was the last guy from his species, which was believed to be already extinct.
So in various attempts of stopping his species from being completely dead, he was penned with two other females, which he ignored at the beginning, but later these turtles had eggs. Fuck, none of them hatched.
They tried several times, though all of these attempts were in vain. El Solitario George was finally, the last tortoise of his species.
He used to be such a potent symbol for conservation efforts and the Galapagos Islands, he died on June 2012 of a cardiac arrest, with only about a hundred years.
This old guy was such a symbol, such a representation of what a damaging force humanity can be, and damn it, he’s resting in peace now, along with his whole species.
People, can you just imagine how horrible it would be to be the “endling” of your species? Shit, imagine being fucking called the “lonesome”.
I don’t know, this just really gets to me. When I was about 7 years old I perfectly remember going to see him, and how everyone around him would just look at him with so much respect and love. The day the notice of his death came out, millions of hearts were broken, not only by this venerable creature’s death but by the realization of what we’re doing with this planet.