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Rare tortoise could become father

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Famous Galapagos giant tortoise Lonesome George, who is believed to be the last of his species, could be about to become a father for the first time.

His keepers have spent years trying to encourage him to mate and now the latest pairing has produced five eggs.

The eggs are being cared for in an incubation centre in the Galapagos National Park and it could be clear by November whether Lonesome George who is between 90 and 100 will become a father.

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