190 Years-old and Still Eating and Mating (WATCH)

A Seychelles giant tortoise named Jonathan recently was named by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the oldest land animal—at 190 years old.

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Living on the island of St. Helena’s with other giant tortoises, he was brought there as a gift to the island’s governor Sir William Grey-Wilson in 1882.

Thought to be born in the year 1832, Jonathan’s advanced age is really only a guess, based on the fact that he was fully mature when he arrived, making him at least 50 in 1882. The Guinness folks say, in all likelihood, he’s been alive for more than two centuries.

He was around for two world wars, the invention of trains and automobiles, and the end of slavery. He’s lived through the rise and fall of both fascism and communism, and he predates the light bulb, the photograph, the telephone, and the Eiffel Tower.

The old timer is part of an endangered species, but one that is famous for its longevity. An Aldabara giant tortoise named Adwaita, which was presented to the British East India Company, was thought to be 255 when he died in a Calcutta zoological garden.

As for Jonathan, he is still eating and mating, though he needs a little help from his caretakers.

“The Veterinary Section is still feeding him by hand once a week to boost his calories, vitamins, minerals and trace elements, as he is blind and has no sense of smell,” according to a statement from the Plantation House, the governor’s residence.

“His hearing, though, is excellent and he loves the company of humans, and responds well to his vet Joe Hollins’ voice, as he associates him with a feast.”

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Indeed, his reported activities have changed little, even while society raced by. 31 governors have president over the Plantation House during his life, over the same span where 39 US presidents have been inaugurated.

“While wars, famines, plagues, kings and queens and even nations have come and gone, he has pottered on, totally oblivious to the passage of time,” Veterinarian Joe Hollins reports.

“Jonathan is symbolic of persistence, endurance, and survival and has achieved iconic status on the island.”

Back in his homeland on the Seychelles islands, the conservation program Nature Protection Trust of Seychelles has produced a new generation of critically-endangered native giant turtles, raising 160 juveniles so far, and introducing them into the wild.

Watch a great video about Jonathan from AFP that can only be seen on YouTube…

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AND, Don’t Forget to Send Birthday Wishes to Jonathan by Sharing on Social Media…

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