He’s grumpy, over 100 years old and tends to look down his nose at everyone, but Henry the tuatara is one of Southland’s most popular residents.
Until recently, a tendency to bite the tails off his girlfriends meant Henry provided star, rather than paternal, qualities. However, following surgery on a health issue, Henry is now behaving much more admirably and is respectful of his female counterparts.
The reptilian enclave is housed within the Southland Museum and Art Gallery in Invercargill and is one of the few places to marvel up close at tuatara, “living fossils” whose ancestors walked in the footprints of giant dinosaurs 220 million years ago.
Henry became a proud father for the first time in 2008 at the tender age of 111 years!
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