Alagba, a 344 year old tortoise, in the palace of the Soun of Ogbomoso in Oyo State, died on Thursday.
Alagba is considered as the oldest tortoise in Africa.
Toyin Ajamu, the secretary to the Oyo monarch, confirmed the death of the historic tortoise.
The secretary further noted that plans was ongoing to preserve the tortoise for historical records.
In the statement confirming her death, the palace secretary said; “Alagba had lived in the palace for centuries. The tortoise played host to many monarchs in Ogbomoso.
“Alagba became popular because Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, Soun of ogbomosoland, used his personal resources to cater for her well-being.
“The tortoise had two staff members of the palace dedicated to her.
“ On a daily basis, Alagba had tourists visiting her from different part of the world.
“The palace household, Ogbomoso community and stakeholders in the tourism sector are mourning Alagba’s passage.”
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