New mother at 60? Henry is a father at 111!

Considered “past his prime” by all that knew him, Henry found new vigour after having recently had a tumour removed from his bottom. Previously, he showed no interest in females (yeah, well, with a tumour on YOUR butt…) but recently he and 80 year-old Mildred became the proud parents of 11 offspring.

Henry, isn’t your average post-centenarian, needless to say.

In fact, Henry is a Tuatara, a lizard from New Zealand. Tuatara are the last remaining members of a species of dinosaur, a “living fossil”.

The babies, like all babies, are cute as buttons.

Henry

Henry

In a related (sort of) story…

A university has apologised to a graduate student after his unique collection of lizard excrement was thrown away by mistake.

Daniel Bennett had been studying the rare Butaan lizard for more than five years in the Philippines and was working towards a doctorate.

He had built up a collection of faeces samples which were stored at Leeds University.

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4 Comments

  1. Edward Nagelmeyer said,

    June 27, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    I would like to use your image for a poster for my local library.
    May I have permission?
    I can also clean up the image by removing the strand of debri
    from the front of the specimens mouth. If you have a higher resolution
    image available I can do an even better job editing.

    Please get back to me at….
    ebnagel@hotmail.com

  2. Edward Morgan said,

    May 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Tuataras are the last surviving members of a group of lepidosaurs (closely related to lizards, snaes and amphisbaeneans) called sphenodontids which are neither lizards nor dinosaurs.

  3. Name said,

    June 15, 2009 at 2:41 am

    nice pics to bad those kiore and feral cats are killing them

  4. A Student said,

    March 18, 2009 at 9:46 am

    To Whom It May Concern,
    I am a student at Traverse City West Middle School in Traverse City, Michigan. A group of my classmates (including myself) are creating a webpage for a contest. I would greatly enjoy the use of the picture of Henry on my page. I would use the picture for visual purposes only and could even link the picture to your page. Please reply to the email address above soon for permission or denial to post Henry’s picture.

    Thank you for your time,
    A Student


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