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  Blue Peter's tortoise George dies
Updated 10 May 2004, 07.06

One of the most famous animals on television, Blue Peter's George the tortoise, has died at the age of 83.

The slow-moving star first appeared on the programme back in 1982, and was on the show for the final time in April.

George is to be buried on Monday in the Blue Peter garden by the show's cast and a shrub and plaque will mark his final resting place.

George was so popular that in the past more fans asked for a photo of him than some of the presenters.

"It is a real shock when a favourite pet dies but it is something all pet owners have to face," said presenter Matt Baker.

"We hope that by having a share in our Blue Peter pets, children can be helped to deal with that sad fact."

George was a Mediterranean spur-thigh tortoise and worked with 20 different presenters in his 22 years on the programme.

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