First Time Father at 111 Years Old

At the Southland Museum in Invercargill, New Zealand, the 111-year-old Henry the tuatara mated earlier this year for the first time; his younger mate Mildred has laid 11 healthy eggs, which will take six months incubation before hatching. When the museum tried to mate the pair twenty five years ago, Henry bit off Mildred’s tail; he was kept in solitary confinement for 17 years afterward because of his aggressive behavior toward other tuataras. However, in 2002, he had an operation to remove a cancerous tumor from his genital area, which seems to have solved the problem.

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