Yesterday were transferred to the United States the remains of the ‘Lonesome George’, the giant turtle, emblem of the Ecuadorian Galapagos Islands, to be dissected, as reported by official sources.
The Management of the Galapagos National Park (DPNG), said that the remains of the last survivor of the tortoise species abingdoni, will be placed in the American Museum of Natural history, in New York, so that it is subjected to a process of taxidermy.
Since June of last year, when the chelonian died, his remains have been kept preserved in a cold (50 ° C below zero) camera and under a special care to prevent the deterioration of the tissues.
For the transport of the remains, the DPNG built a wooden box covered with fiberglass and insulating material, which will keep the inside temperature for 48 hours.
It is expected that the taxidermy process lasts about nine months, after this period the turtle will return to Galapagos to be exhibited in an interpretation centre, which will be built in the place where he stayed for his last 40 years.