Have you heard the sad tale of Lonesome George? He’s the the beloved Galapagos Islands giant tortoise that died earlier this week. The reason that he was so lonely was because he was the very last of his kind. After being discovered in 1972, George became a symbol for the disappearing animal and when he died this week of old age, he was estimated to be about 100 years old.
Needless the say, the story of Lonesome George has captured the hearts of everyone around the world, including Juno nominated rockers Hollerado, who just recorded a special song for the late giant tortoise.
Says the band: “I read about Lonesome George a few years ago and instantly fell in love with him. For over 30 years he was the only remaining tortoise of his species. One day I was thinking about how brave he is to face this world all alone. I started imagining the day, long ago, that his tortoise girlfriend died, and with her the last hope of avoiding extinction. George must have been very sad on that day.
This song is about George learning to let go, a lesson we will all have to face one day.
When i heard this morning that George had died, i was sad, but also happy for him. Maybe he will reunite with his love, on some sandy beach in another universe. (hopefully without humans!)”
Take a listen, it’s quite a sweet song. The video was made by Hollerado too and is just a slide show of photos of George, what else could it be?
Rest in Peace George!