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OMG: Sexploits of Diego the Tortoise save Galapagos species: Diego, a Galapagos giant tortoise, has fathered an estimated 800 offspring

Sep 14, 2016 01:59 PM EDT

Diego, a tortoise of the endangered Chelonoidis hoodensis
Diego, a tortoise of the endangered Chelonoidis hoodensis subspecies from Española Island, is seen in a breeding centre at Galapagos National Park, Ecuador on September 10, 2016

He's over 100 years old, but his sex life is the stuff of legend. Diego the Tortoise is quite the ladies' man, and his exploits have helped save his species from extinction.

Diego, a Galapagos giant tortoise, has fathered an estimated 800 offspring, almost single-handedly rebuilding the species' population on their native island, Espanola, the southernmost in the Galapagos Archipelago.

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