Mourning King Farouk's Ancient, Beloved Turtle

The turtle, born when Egypt was under Ottoman Rule, lived through the British occupation, kings and coups and revolutions, yet no one ever bothered giving him a name.

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Reports of the death of King Farouk’s turtle at Giza Zoo in Egypt caught me by surprise on a rainy Saturday morning after nine sunny days in Berlin. According to one of the Arab news sites, the turtle was 270...