This Seychelles giant tortoise in St Helena called Jonathan is arguably the oldest animal in the world … ‘cos it is an incredible 182 years old.
The elder statesman in the animal kingdom is not actually a native St Helena breed, and no one knows exactly how or why it showed up in the island way back in 1882 as a young adult.
Incredibly, Jonathan the tortoise has outlived 8 British monarchs from George IV to Elizabeth II, as well as 51 prime ministers, this according to the BBC, which also notes that he was just 20 years too young to have met France’s Napoleon the Great, who died in 1821.
And as for his health, veterinarian Joe Hollis told the news agency, ‘He is virtually blind from cataracts, has no sense of smell – but his hearing is good.’
Jonathan the tortoise is still alive and kicking … but local residents have already prepared an obituary for him. They have also planned to raise money to erect a bronze statue of him as well as preserve his shell when he finally gives up his resilient ghost.
Jonathan has become a beloved national symbol of the small island, who have already created a tourist center at the residence of the mythical cunning animal.
For more on Jonathan the tortoise, head over to BBC.