Knoxville Zoo's Giant Tortoise Ends Dry Spell

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At the Knoxville Zoo, Al the giant tortoise hadn't seen a female turtle in almost 30 years. It's been about 20 years for his 90-year-old zoomate, Tex. Last Wednesday, Al quickly mated with a visiting female named Patches. So far, Tex is taking it slow with his potential mates.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

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At 130 years old and 550 pounds, Al could only be a giant tortoise. At the Knoxville Zoo, Al hasn't seen a female in almost 30 years. His 90-year-old zoomate Tex hasn't seen a gal in about 20 years. Last Wednesday, their dry spell ended. In what the Knoxville News Sentinel describes as an exhibit fresh with clover, Al quickly made it with a visiting female named Patches.

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