‘Jonathan’ is the worlds oldest known living land animal and was born three years before Charles Darwin met the massive tortoises that inspired his now-famous theory of evolution.
He currently lives on the Island of St Helena which is a British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic Ocean.
Jonathan was taken to the idyllic island in 1882 and has enjoyed 138 years of living on the island, munching on the various lush greenery that can be found there.
Although nearly two centuries old, other tortoises have lived longer.
The all-time verified Guinness World Record holder for the worlds oldest tortoise is Tu’i Malila. She died in Tonga in 1965 at the tender age of 189.
Another tortoise, ‘Awdwaita’, was an Aldabra giant tortoise that died in 2006 and was believed to be 255 years old – although this has not been officially confirmed.
‘Awdwaita’ lived in India until he passed away of old age. Meanwhile, other than cataracts and losing his sense of smell, ‘young’ Jonathan is said to be doing well.
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