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World’s oldest land animal celebrates birthday

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Jonathan, a Seychelles giant tortoise, recently celebrated his 191st birthday on the island of St. Helena.

As the world’s oldest living land animal, Jonathan’s exact age is uncertain, but he was at least 50 years old when brought to the island in 1882.

This makes him at least 191 years old, potentially much older.

“In spite of losing his sense of smell and being virtually blind from cataracts, his appetite remains keen,” veterinarian Joe Hollins told GWR. “He is still being hand-fed once a week with a fortifying helping of fruit and vegetables by a small, dedicated team.”

Jonathan is a resident of Plantation House, the residence of St. Helena’s governor, and holds the title of the oldest turtle/chelonian in recorded history.