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Galápagos Tortoise Skeleton in Los Angeles, California

Meet Gunther. He’s been at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County for over a hundred years, and most visitors never even see him. At the far end of a long hall leading to the Museum’s Research Library there is a perfectly preserved skeleton of a Galápagos tortoise, one of a pair in the their herpetology collection (that’s reptiles and amphibians). In 1900 he was captured and transported to a ranch in Riverside, California by the well-known zoologist Edmund Heller, just a little guy at the time weighing 29 pounds (the tortoise, not Heller).
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