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Last Updated: Thursday July 23 2009 07:12 GMT

Rare tortoise 'to be a dad'

George

A very rare tortoise might be about to become a little less rare, as it's thought he could become a father some time soon.

Lonesome George is the last Galapagos giant tortoise in the world, but his mate has just laid a batch of eggs.

His mate is a different species, but is closely related enough to possibly have George's babies.

George's keepers on the Galapagos Islands have been trying to get him to have babies for years.

Rare species

He's thought to be somewhere between 90 and 100 years old, and is the only known surviving member of his species.

Last year one of the female tortoises that George lives with laid five eggs, but they turned out not to have babies inside them.

The Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean are home to some of the world's rarest plants and animals.