Mark Hamill Wishes Happy Birthday To A 94-Year-Old Giant Tortoise!

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By Kristin Myers on June 22, 2022 at 7:30 AM EDT

On Tuesday, Mark Hamill wished a happy 94th birthday to Isa!

Isa is a Galapagos Volcán Alcedo giant tortoise at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. Although she celebrated her 94th birthday back in May, that didn't stop the "Star Wars" alum from wishing her a happy birthday on June 21!

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Mark Hamill Gives A Special Shout-Out To Isa The Giant Tortoise!

The voice of the Joker in the animated Batman series retweeted the news from Now This, who shared a video to celebrate Isa's birthday.

"Isa, a Galapagos Volcán Alcedo giant tortoise, kicked off her 94th year with a personalized cake from her caretakers at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden," they tweeted.

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In June, Mark decided to give her a special shout-out for "no particular reason," at least according to his tweet. He tweeted, "SHOUT OUT to Isa for no particular reason, other than she looks really, really good for her age."

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He didn't exactly say "Happy Birthday" in his tweet, but his followers seemed to get the memo as they showered the post with birthday well-wishes.

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Another fan shared a GIF of Yoda, saying, "When 900 years old you reach, look as good you will not. Hmm."

Giant Tortoises Can Live To Be Up To 175 Years Old!

According to a local news station, the zoo had provided Isa with an intricately-designed cantaloupe with carrots and strawberries for her birthday. It seems that even tortoises love a good treat on their birthday!

Considering Galapagos tortoises can live up to about 175 years in captivity, Isa doesn't just look good for her age... she's still in her prime!

A statement on the zoo's website says that the Galapagos tortoise population plummeted to about 3,000 in the wild and neared extinction in the 1970s. Fortunately, the wild population currently hovers at around 20,000 due to conservation efforts.

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Earlier this month, a zoo in Switzerland revealed a “new phenomenon” of nature. The Tropiquarium Zoo in Servion, Switzerland, announced it recently welcomed two baby giant Galapagos tortoises. One tortoise has darker coloring, like its parents, and one has albinism, which is extremely rare for the species.

On social media, the zoo posted photos of the rare tortoise, writing, “Incredible birth in the Tropiquarium! We had the surprise of a baby albino among our baby Galapagos giant tortoises, a phenomenon that had never been seen in zoos or in the wild.”

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Tropiquarium Zoo in Servion, Switzerland giant tortoise with albinism
Facebook / Tropiquarium de Servion

“Two giant Galapagos tortoises - Chelonoidis nigra - have just been born in the Tropiquarium of Servion, one is black like its parents and the other is white, it is albino,” they explained. “These endangered turtles were born as part of a conservation program. These are rare and exceptional births, especially for the albino baby. This is the first time in the world that an albino Galapagos tortoise has been born and kept in captivity.”

The zoo explained that albinism is rare in tortoises. Only about one in 100,000 individuals compared to about one in 20,000 individuals in humans are born with albinism.

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