Short Film: Tu'i Malila

 

 

Tu'i Malila (1777 – 16 May 1966) was a tortoise that Captain James Cook was traditionally said to have given to the royal family of Tonga. She was a female radiated tortoise (Geochelone radiata) from Madagascar. Although believed to have been a male during its life, examination after the tortoise's death suggested it was female.

 

Tu'i Malila (1777 – 16 May 1966) was a tortoise that Captain James Cook was traditionally said to have given to the royal family of Tonga. She was a female radiated tortoise (Geochelone radiata) from Madagascar. Although believed to have been a male during its life, examination after the tortoise's death suggested it was female.