The oldest living land animal, a tortoise, just turned 191 years old

Jonathan, the world’s oldest living land animal, is a Seychelles giant tortoise that has reached the remarkable age of 191.

Originally estimated to be around 50 years old when it arrived on the island of St Helena in 1882, Jonathan’s birth year is believed to be 1832, although this is considered a conservative estimate. There’s a possibility that Jonathan might be even older.

This venerable tortoise has surpassed the average life expectancy of its species, which typically hovers around 150 years. Despite facing challenges such as the loss of its sense of smell and cataracts leading to near-blindness, Jonathan continues to exhibit a hearty appetite, as reported by its longtime veterinarian, Joe Hollins.

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