- The world's heaviest and biggest tortoise is in Bird Island, in an Africa country, Seychelles
- It was named Esmerald by a biologist called Lyall Watson
- Esmerald is 170 years old and weighs 340kg
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The name of the biggest tortoise is Esmerald and it is in Bird, Seychelles. It is not only the world's biggest, but also the heaviest terrestrial tortoise.
According to Africa Fact Zone, the animal is 170 years old and weighs 304kg. BBC reports that the animal was named by Lyall Watson, an author, and biologist.
Briefly.co.za discovered that in the pictures shared on Twitter, the tortoise could be seen all out of its shell as it was photographed with another person on the island.
See its pictures below:
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Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za earlier reported that the popular 344-year-old tortoise known as Alagba in the palace of the Soun of Ogbomoso passed on after a brief illness on Thursday, October 3, 2019.
Confirming the incident to the media, the private secretary to Oba Oyewumi, Toyin Ajamu revealed that the tortoise which has attracted people from all works of life to the palace will be greatly missed.
Ajamu said that Alagba which was the oldest tortoise in Africa and had lived in the palace for centuries and played host to many monarchs in Ogbomoso in the past.
The tortoise became popular after Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, used his personal resources to cater for her well being.
According to Ajamu: "The tortoise had two staff members of the palace, dedicated to her. They provide food, health support and other logistics, so as to make sure she gets the best treatment.
"Oftentimes, Kabiyesi shared great moments with Alagba. On a daily basis, Alagba, had tourists visiting her from different parts of the world."
The palace household, Ogbomoso community, and stakeholders in the tourism sector are mourning Alagba’s passing.
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