The world’s oldest recorded tortoise and oldest known living land animal, Jonathan, is preparing for his 190th birthday party. The Seychelles giant tortoise was given to Saint Helena in 1882 and will be celebrated with a three-day bash for his 190th birthday.
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The Guardian reported that after a period of irritability, Jonathan was presented with a mate in 1991 with whom he developed an intimate relationship. However, 26 years later, the lack of offspring was finally explained when upon inspection they discovered Frederica to be a male.
Jonathan is still living out his days but lacks a sense of smell and is also now blind with cataracts. It was only this year that Jonathan was officially granted a birthday of 4 December 1832, by Nigel Phillips, the governor of the British overseas territory.
The Guinness World Records said,
“Jonathan’s age is an estimation based on the fact that he was fully mature, and hence at least 50 years old, when he arrived in Saint Helena from Seychelles in 1882. In all likelihood, he is even older than we think.”.
For his three-day bash, residents from across the island will gather at the governor’s house and have things like a tortoise-friendly “birthday cake” and an animated video about his life.
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