Hello, everyone! Get ready to meet someone so very wise, so very old, and so very…wrinkly? This Guinness World Record holder is the oldest known land animal alive today, clocking in at just 190 years old, it's Jonathan the Tortoise! Born in 1832, Jonathan has lived through many significant historic events including wars and over 40 American presidents!
According to an article by the Guinness World Records: "His estimated year of birth also predates the release of the Penny Black, the first postage stamp (1840), the building of the first skyscraper (1885) and the completion of the Eiffel Tower (1887) – the tallest iron structure. Other human milestones to have taken place in his long life include the first photograph of a person (1838), the first incandescent light bulb (1878) and the first powered flight (1903)."
"Although originating from the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, Jonathan has resided on the remote island of St Helena in the South Atlantic since 1882.
When Jonathan was brought to St Helena, he was already fully grown. Based on known data for this species, that would indicate he was about 50 years of age at the time (hence his estimated birth year of 1832 to make him the longest-lived animal on land). Jonathan was gifted to the then-governor of the Overseas British territory, William Grey-Wilson (in office 1890–97), and he has lived at the governor's residence ever since." Via Guinness World Records.
Among Jonathan's favorite snacks are lettuce hearts, cucumbers, apples and bananas! Via Guinness World Records.
A photo dated to c. 1882–86 taken in the grounds of Plantation on St Helena – shortly after Jonathan arrived on the island (Jonathan is shown on the left). Via Guinness World Records.
Vet Joe Hollins tells us that he and 'crusty old reptile' Jonathan have formed a close bond over the years. Via Guinness World Records.
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