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Jonathan in 2020, Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license, Photo: Kevstan

Entered in the Guinness Book of Records, the oldest living animal in the world is 190 years old, his name is Jonathan and he is a turtle. 

Jonathan belongs to the species of giant tortoises.

He was probably born in 1832. Its age was estimated on the basis of an old photograph taken between 1882 and 1886. It depicted adult Jonathan on the lawn in the gardens of Plantation House, the residence of the Governor of St. Helen, overseas territory of Great Britain, William Gray-Wilson. Jonathan was then the size of an adult, about 50-year-old turtle. After Gray-Wilson's death, Jonathan survived a further 31 governors and continues to walk in the same gardens to this day, where he enjoys the company of three other giant tortoises: David, Emma, and Fred.

According to the veterinarian who looks after Jonathan, the animal likes the sun, in warm weather it sticks out its neck and all limbs from its shell, but in the heat it hides in the shade. He loves bananas, lettuce, carrots, apples and cucumbers.

Although some of his senses are already failing him. He is almost completely blind, his sense of smell is also impaired, and the turtle still has a lot of energy.

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Jonathan in 2020, Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license, Photo: Kevstan

Entered in the Guinness Book of Records, the oldest living animal in the world is 190 years old, his name is Jonathan and he is a turtle. 

Jonathan belongs to the species of giant tortoises.

He was probably born in 1832. Its age was estimated on the basis of an old photograph taken between 1882 and 1886. It depicted adult Jonathan on the lawn in the gardens of Plantation House, the residence of the Governor of St. Helen, overseas territory of Great Britain, William Gray-Wilson. Jonathan was then the size of an adult, about 50-year-old turtle. After Gray-Wilson's death, Jonathan survived a further 31 governors and continues to walk in the same gardens to this day, where he enjoys the company of three other giant tortoises: David, Emma, and Fred.

According to the veterinarian who looks after Jonathan, the animal likes the sun, in warm weather it sticks out its neck and all limbs from its shell, but in the heat it hides in the shade. He loves bananas, lettuce, carrots, apples and cucumbers.

Although some of his senses are already failing him. He is almost completely blind, his sense of smell is also impaired, and the turtle still has a lot of energy.