Friday, April 04, 2008
Duncan's 128-year-old tuatara about to have sex?
The Times' goss editor Hugo Rifkind runs an item on the sad case of Henry (first considered in Duncan Fallowell's New Zealand travel book Going As Far As I Can) - a lizard-like tuatara in a museum in Invercargill. Henry was born in around 1880 and is still a virgin! Yet six weeks after publication of Duncan's book, Henry has a girlfriend at last - Mildred, thought to be 80-ish. "Fallowell claims to be pleased," writes Hugo. I learn that there wasn't space for Duncan's full response to this joyful news: "Thanks to my book, I expect the New Zealand birthrate in general to show a sharp rise. It's a bit like war."