Man at His Best

This is the horniest tortoise in the world

Meet Diego, father to hundreds, saver of his species.

BY peter wade | Mar 15, 2017 | Culture

RODRIGO BUENDIA / Staff

If it is possible for a tortoise to be a fuckboi, then Diego the Galapagos tortoise likely is one, but his player ways may have saved his species. Scientists estimate that Diego has fathered anywhere between 350 and 800 children.

Diego was living in the San Diego Zoo until 1977 when he returned to the Galápagos where he now lives in a breeding center and, well, reproduces. "He'll keep reproducing until death," Freddy Villalva, one of his caretakers, told the New York Times.

And, Diego has only just begun. He is an estimated 100 years old, and tortoises like him usually live longer than 100 years.

Diego is a member of the hoodensis species, which was in danger of going extinct until a concerted effort in the 1970s to increase reproduction in the species helped revive it. Now, the Times reported, upwards of 1,000 hoodensis live on their native island of Española in the Galápagos.

But if Diego is the horniest tortoise in the world, then George, another Galápagos tortoise, however, was the loneliest. Sadly, George did not have Diego's luck with the ladies. In fact, he was named Lonesome George for his tendency to ignore any female in his enclosure.

Lonesome George was the last known Pinta Island Tortoise, and his loneliness meant the end of his species when he died in 2012. An autopsy of the tortoise revealed that a physical "anatomical ailment" prevented him from reproducing.

Poor George. That's a 100-year dry streak.

From: Esquire US