World’s Oldest Animal

Did you see the story about the oldest living animal? I’m in love with him. Well, I love turtles and tortoises (among other things) and I just love this one!

The story from the UK Telegraph says, “Jonathan, the tortoise, is believed to be 176-years-old and was about 70 at the time the black and white picture was taken.

He was photographed during the Boer War around 1900, and his life has spanned eight British monarchs from George IV to Elizabeth II, and 50 prime ministers.”

Here is a photo of him today:

It sounds like he’s still doing pretty well for being about 176 years old, “Despite his old age, locals say he still has the energy to regularly mate with the three younger females.”

“His remarkable existance has come to light after the photograph was discovered as part of a collection of Boer War images taken by a man named L.A. Innes who had a studio in the British overseas territory’s capital Jamestown.

The pictures were recently sold at auction for £4,000 by Andrew Smith and Son auctioneers near Winchester, Hants.

Further investigation by the auctioneers revealed the tortoise in the picture was Jonathan who was still alive.”

Wow. I am just in awe of this – I hope he lives another 176 years.


  1. Sandra on December 5, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    What a cute little old man. He and Taz should get together and gripe about the youngsters. Like those two old guys on the Muppet Show.

  2. B-Movie Star on December 6, 2008 at 8:34 am

    I can so picture that in my head!