Tuesday, October 13, 2015

183 year old Tortoise

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Jonathan the tortoise, who lives on the British-controlled island of St. Helena, is thought to be the world’s oldest living land creature. He has been kept in the paddock at Plantation House, the British governor’s residence. Jonathan, who is nearly blind and relies heavily on his sense of hearing, loves having his neck stroked.

Jonathan, a Boer War prisoner, and a guard, around 1900

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2 comments:

  1. So happy to meet Jonathan! I just returned from vacation and had the great fortune of seeing a lot of turtles, snapping ones as well! This was a fun post, thank you.

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  2. Great Post! I am reminded of the Giant Tortoises kept by The Indianapolis Zoo... when I was a child (let's say, oh... 45ish years ago) we were allowed to ride on the backs of these creatures that - at the time - were well in their 90's. The Zoo has since moved their location within the city but my old friends the Turtles are still plugging along. Fortunately they are no longer burdened with the ferrying-about school of children on field trips; I suppose even reptiles reach a point in their lives where they just need to get the monkeys off their backs. ;)

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