CAIRO: A 270-year old turtle, the world’s 2nd oldest animal, has reportedly died in the Giza Zoo, Arabic CNN reported Monday.
The turtle was dedicated to the zoo by King Farouk (1936-1952) in 1936 and was thought to be second in age to the Adwaita turtle in Calcutta, India.
In April 2013, news about the turtle’s death circulated before it was denied by the Director General of the Giza Zoo.
Dr. Fatma Tammam, Undersecretary of State for Egyptian Zoos, was not available to comment.
TV announcer Rola Kharsa confirmed the news in her talk show aired at LTC TV channel Tuesday.
Giza Zoo was established in 1891, and is considered to be the biggest in the Middle East and Africa.