World’s Oldest Tortoise Celebrates 190th B-Day

  • He was born not long after Napoleon died, and is now officially the planet’s oldest known living land animal.
  • Jonathan the Seychelles Giant Tortoise is celebrating his 190th birthday — more or less — on St Helena in the remote South Atlantic, where the defeated French emperor died in exile in 1821.
  • Jonathan, it is believed based on shell measurements, was hatched around 1832, and he was brought to the UK overseas territory from the Seychelles 50 years later.
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