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BlueWolf
6th Aug 2008, 03:31
Tuatara, aged 111, to be first-time dad - 06 Aug 2008 - NZ Herald: New Zealand National news (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10525577)



Tuatara, aged 111, to be first-time dad
New 11:15AM Wednesday August 06, 2008


Henry the tuatara, who discovered the joys of sex very late in life, has proven age is no barrier to fatherhood.

The 111-year-old, a resident of Southland Museum since 1970, lived a quiet life there until a high-profile mating spree with the much-younger Mildred in March.

His lover, aged 70 or 80, has since laid 12 eggs.

Museum staff said Henry had never shown an interest in mating but put his newfound desire down to a cancer growth being removed from his reproductive organs.

Museum tuatara curator Lindsay Hazley said Mildred laid 12 eggs on July 15 but one had since perished. The remaining 11 eggs are being kept in an incubator at between 18C and 21C and are scheduled to hatch in about six months.

"The fact they have come this far is a good positive sign," he told the Southland Times.

"As each week goes by I get more confident the eggs will last."

He now expects Henry to breed every season.

The centenarian is currently enjoying the company of three females in his enclosure - Mildred, Lucy and Juliet - with the next breeding season in eight months.

"With these guys foreplay might take years. One has to be patient," Mr Hazley said.

The virile young Charles, aged 22, also fathered a clutch of 10 eggs about the same time as Henry.

In addition, another four or five tuatara were also expected to lay eggs this season, sparking a mini baby-boom at the museum.

- NZPA

kluge
6th Aug 2008, 07:49
This probably helps:

"The centenarian is currently enjoying the company of three females in his enclosure - Mildred, Lucy and Juliet - with the next breeding season in eight months."

But good on him all the same.

I think it was a past US President that replied to his wife who had commented that a certain rooster during their farm visit had mated an impressive number of times a day, his reply being "yes but not with the same chicken".

CityofFlight
6th Aug 2008, 08:01
Blue Wolf, good story. (and anecdote) One can always count on you for solid opinions and lively memories. :ok: