'Fellas, I'm ready to get up and do my thing' sang James Brown in 1970 in his classic song Sex Machine, a title taken to heart by Deigo a giant Española tortoise. Part of a breeding program aimed at saving the species Chelonoidis hoodensis, after only 15 specimens remain in the wild, which has raised over 2000 baby tortoises with Deigo singlehandedly fathering 40% of these offspring. It is now hoped there is sufficent conditions for these tortoises to recover with extra help from the removal of non-native species and cultivation of cacti, an important food source for giant tortoises, the future is looking a little brighter for these docile giants.
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