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Everyone's Super Impressed With This Sex-Crazed Tortoise Who Saved His Species

Diego is a legend.

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This is Diego, a Galapagos giant tortoise who pretty much saved his entire species from extinction with his insatiable lust for booty.

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According to AFP, Diego is over 100 years old and has fathered an estimated 800 offspring.

The sex-crazed tortoise is a Chelonoidis hoodensis, a species found only on Espanola in the Galapagos Islands. There were only two males and a dozen females of the species left on the island about 50 years ago. But largely through Diego's efforts at a nearby breeding centre, along with six females in his enclosure, the tortoises have bounced back, numbering in the thousands.

"He's a very sexually active male reproducer," Washington Tapia, a tortoise specialist at Galapagos National Park, told AFP. "He's contributed enormously to repopulating the island."

Genetic testing shows that Diego has fathered about 40% of the tortoises released on Espanola. The whole species pretty much owes its survival to this sex god.

A living legend. 🐢

Diego is a legend!!!


People are already planning tributes to this hero.

My first son's middle name will be Diego in honor of the tortoise that saved his species.

Need me a "Diego the sex-mad tortoise" with the word HOPE on a shirt.

And wondering what it is that makes Diego so irresistible to the ladies.

I can understand why one male tortoise would be so sexually appealing to female tortoises. It's because he takes things slow

Ishmael Daro is a social news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Toronto.

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