This Tortoise Is The Oldest-Known Animal In The World, Hatched Before The Light Bulb Was Invented

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Teeny Lucy

It’s crazy to think about, but in the year 1832, Jonathan the tortoise was just a tiny hatchling.

The world was certainly a different place. The light bulb had not been invented yet and vehicles were still a half century away from cruising the streets.

But Jonathan, who is a Seychelles giant tortoise, lived to see it all. At around 187 years old, he’s now the oldest-known animal in the world — and he’s living a relaxing life on the remote island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic, where he’s been since the late 1880s.

Jonathan with his caretakers upon arrival to the island in the 1880s

Teeny Lucy, the chairperson for the local SPCA, is one of his Jonathan’s main caretakers. Jonathan lives on the lush grounds of the historic governor’s mansion, where Lucy and several others visit with him throughout the week with fresh veggies. Not a bad gig!

Teeny Lucy

The long life of Jonathan has definitely surprised many. Jonathan roams around with two other old tortoises, the second oldest being his 80-year-old friend, David.

Teeny Lucy

Lucy states that Jonathan knows her voice and will come to her whenever she is around!

Could you imagine living to be 187 years old? WOW!