World's biggest tortoise spotted; weighs 340kg

World's biggest tortoise spotted; weighs 340kg

- The world's heaviest and biggest tortoise is in Bird Island, in an Africa country, Seychelles

- It was named Esmerald by a biologist called Lyall Watson

- Esmerald is 170 years old and weighs 340kg

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The name of the biggest tortoise is Esmerald and it is in Bird, Seychelles. It is not only the world's biggest, but also the heaviest terrestrial tortoise.

According to Africa Fact Zone, the animal is 170 years old and weighs 304kg. BBC reports that the animal was named by Lyall Watson, an author, and biologist.

In the pictures shared on Twitter, the tortoise could be seen all out of its shell as it was photographed with another person on the island.

See its pictures below:

A collage of the tortoise in Bird Island. Photo source: Twitter/Africa Facts Zone
A collage of the tortoise in Bird Island. Photo source: Twitter/Africa Facts Zone
Source: UGC

Meanwhile, the popular 344-year-old tortoise known as Alagba in the palace of the Soun of Ogbomoso passed on after a brief illness on Thursday, October 3, 2019.

Confirming the incident to the media, the private secretary to Oba Oyewumi, Toyin Ajamu revealed that the tortoise which has attracted people from all works of life to the palace will be greatly missed.

Ajamu said that Alagba which was the oldest tortoise in Africa and had lived in the palace for centuries and played host to many monarchs in Ogbomoso in the past.

The tortoise became popular after Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, used his personal resources to cater for her well being.

According to Ajamu: "The tortoise had two staff members of the palace, dedicated to her. They provide food, health support and other logistics, so as to make sure she gets the best treatment.

"Oftentimes, Kabiyesi shared great moments with Alagba. On a daily basis, Alagba, had tourists visiting her from different parts of the world."

The palace household, Ogbomoso community, and stakeholders in the tourism sector are mourning Alagba’s passing.

In other news, the Tuareg tribe gives much power to women as they are allowed to decide their fate without the so-called supreme power of men.

Their men wear a blue indigo veil as a protective measure to keep their face safe from the dust of the desert. According to Cairo Scene, the tribe never dumped their tradition of allowing men to wear veil instead of women despite their adoption of Islam.

In the case of divorce, the women get to keep all the tents and the animals as the man is chased out to return to his mother’s home with just a camel in his possession.

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