Malta made a quick U-turn, saying on Tuesday Britain’s Prince George is welcome to keep a fossilized shark tooth given to him by veteran naturalist Sir David Attenborough.
The 23 million year old fossil was discovered by Attenborough in Malta while vacationing on the Mediterranean island in the 1960s.
He gave it to George, 7, over the weekend and lifted the shackles of some Maltese who thought the tooth should be returned to them. Culture Minister Jose Herrera said Monday he would “get the ball rolling” to get the tooth back, but the plan quickly ran aground.
“It is not (our) intention to pursue this matter further,” said a ministry spokesman without explaining the sudden change of heart.
Herrera’s move on Monday had sparked some negative comments on social media. Critics pointed out that fossilized teeth of megalodon sharks can be bought for less than 50 euros.
Matthew Caruana Galizia, the son of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was murdered in Malta three years ago, wrote on Twitter that Herrera should fight the transplant instead of trying to take a gift from a child.
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