A tortoise that once belonged to British colonial general Clive of India in the 18th Century has died in a zoo in Calcutta.
Adwaita, "the only one" in Bengali, was found dead by keepers in Alipore Zoo on Wednesday.
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Forestry minister in the West Bengal government, Jogesh Barman said: "Historical records show he was a pet of British general Robert Clive of the East India Company and had spent several years in his sprawling estate before he was brought to the zoo about 130 years ago." Mr Barman said Adwaita was probably brought from the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean and presented to Clive, an increasing force in the East India Company's military hierarchy.The BBC's Amitabha Bhattasali in Calcutta says Adwaita brought in many of the zoo's visitors and when he fell sick for the first time eight years ago with a leg infection a full medical board was instigated to treat him.The director of the zoo, Subir Chowdhury, said Adwaita's shell would be preserved and kept there.TIL During the Battle of Gettysburg Minnesota soldiers captured a Virginia battle flag and returned it to MN. Simply hacking it out would have killed her, so the surgeon gradually drained fluid from the cyst over the course of four days, shrinking it to 100 lb. TIL during WW2, there was an Australian dog whose hearing was so acute that it could warn air force personnel of incoming Japanese planes 20 minutes before they came and before they showed up on radar.Virginia has continuously asked for it back, prompting then MN Gov.