June 26th, 2012
02:03 PM ET

E-Block: OutFront Honors Lonesome George

On this show we try to recognize individuals and ideas that are one-of-a-kind. The subject of tonight's OutFront Honors, while an unusual choice, is definitely that.

Lonesome George, a 100-year-old tortoise living in Ecuador's Galapagos National Park died yesterday. His death was doubly sad because, in addition to it being the end of his life, it is also the end of his species.

That's right, often called "the rarest animal in the world," Lonesome George was believed to be the last of the Pinta Island tortoises. Biologists and conservationists tried over and over to save the species after it was decimated by over-hunting and the introduction of other animals to its natural habitat. Ultimately, they failed.

But it is really the end of the line for the Pinta Island tortoises?

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  1. Geoff

    Ms. Burnett,

    I watched your show today and I want to say thank you!

    For one of the first times, CNN took the gloves off and started telling people that Government matters!

    On the segment regarding voier IDs, however, you let the panel off the hook. The conversation was allowed to focus on the intent of the voter id laws and not the impact. Everyone can agree that only people who eligible to vote should vote, but to put laws in place that change voter eligibility requirements just months before an election, without having provisions in place to address the problems caused by those laws is irresponsible and WILL result in voter suppression.

    June 26, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  2. Judy B

    I just voted in Colorado and had to show an ID. It is a CO law and has been for years. Why is it OK here and not in other states?

    June 26, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Reply

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