Environmentalist marries 1000-year old Mexican tree

El_Árbol_del_Tule_by_ovedc_25On Tuesday, Fox Latino reported that Richard Torres, a Peruvian actor and environmental activist, married Mexico’s famous 1,000-year-old Arbol del Tule, or Tule Tree, in an Inca ceremony replete with incense, grains and conch shells.

Fox added:

The ritual began Sunday around 11:30 a.m. in the presence of dozens of environmentalists and inhabitants of the Oaxaca town of Santa María del Tule, most of whom had no idea why the man was kissing and “marrying” the tree, a type of cypress whose trunk, at nearly 140 feet around, has the largest diameter in the world.

The wedding was part of the “Marry a tree, save your oxygen” project, whose mission is to stop deforestation around the world, and has already been initiated in Peru, Colombia and Argentina.

“Stop the hand that cuts down trees. I condemn this genocide and ask the president of Mexico to halt the destruction,” the environmentalist said during the ceremony.

So now cutting down trees is genocide?  Really?

Torres said that famous actresses like Thalia and Lucia Mendez have joined his campaign to stop deforestation.

But wait — it turns out this isn’t the first tree he’s married.  In 2014, the UK Mirror reported that Torres married a tree in Bogota, Columbia, and that happened to be the second tree he tied the knot with:

This is Torres’ second plant based wedding ceremony after last year when he married a tree in Buenos Aires. It is not known whether Torres’ first woody spouse was aware of the nuptuals.


Hmmm…  Did he divorce the trees before he remarried?  And if not, will the trees divorce him for being a polygamist?  Who knows?  And do we even dare ask about the honeymoon?


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