Guinness World Records: 190-year-old Jonathan is world’s oldest tortoise alive
New Delhi : Jonathan has been crowned with the Guinness World Record title for being the oldest tortoise ever living on the earth. "Celebrating his 190th birthday this year, Jonathan is now the oldest tortoise ever," a blog by Guinness World Records read.
According to Guinness World Records website, Jonathan is believed to have been born c. 1832, thus making him 190 years old in 2022.
"Jonathan’s age is estimation based on the fact that he was fully mature, and hence at least 50 years old, when he arrived in St Helena from the Seychelles in 1882. In all likelihood, he is even older than we think," Guinness World Records said.
As per an update from the St Helena Government, Jonathan has “come through the winter well. He grazes well now, but is unaware of food if we simply place it on the ground. The Veterinary Section is still feeding him by hand once a week to boost his calories, vitamins, minerals and trace elements, as he is blind and has no sense of smell. His hearing though is excellent and he loves the company of humans, and responds well to his vet Joe Hollins’ voice as he associates him with a feast.”
Jonathan has spent most of his life at the residence of the Governor of St Helena where he enjoys the company of three other giant tortoises: David, Emma and Fred. He loves cabbage, cucumber, carrot, apple, banana, lettuce hearts and other seasonal fruits.