A 100-year-old Galapagos tortoise at the San Diego Zoo prepares to relocate. Sharon Reich reports.
He's lived through a lot -- two world wars, 16 American presidencies and the space race. Emerson is nearly 100-years-old, but don't count this turtle out anytime soon. The male tortoise is picking up and starting over, so to speak. He's heading to the Toledo Zoo. Leaving his comfy digs at the San Diego Zoo is no small endeavor. Emerson weighs almost 450 pounds and requires a specialized crate for the journey that weighs 250 pounds. Galapagos tortoises are considered a vulnerable population. They live about 150 years, and males tend to grow to be 6 feet long. While he is two-thirds the way through his expected life span, zookeepers say Emerson still has plenty of energy. (SOUNDBITE) Jonny Carlson, reptile keeper at the San Diego zoo, saying (English): "Pretty active tortoise actually, so it's kinda cool that they're going to get one that would actually do better on his own a little bit, because he is so active, and the other tortoises kind of get in his way sometimes." Who says becoming a centenarian has to slow you down?