This is from an article in the normally more self-conscious Wikipedia, regarding the efforts of field biologists in the Galapagos Islands to breed more Pinta Island giant saddleback tortoises by putting the last known specimen of his race, the late, great, eminent Lonesome George, to stud:
Here’s the quote in question: “Over the decades, all attempts at mating Lonesome George had been unsuccessful, due to the lack of females of his own subspecies.”
I met Lonseome George – even scratched his chin; he was an affable duffer – at the Darwin Research Center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island (half a day’s sail from San Cristobal, whence cometh my beloved shade-grown-in-volcanic-soil Galapagos coffee) about ten or so years back. What the article doesn’t tell you is that they kept shoving eligible female giant saddleback tortoises from other nearby islands under his nose but having attained wisdom appropriate to his centenarian status, he already knew that females were more trouble than they were worth – tough to climb up on those big smooth carapaces, and what have you – and so scrupulously ignored them all.
Rest in peace and hard earned sanity, big guy.