The 190-year-old pansexual king turtle is the oldest living land animal

190 is an ambitious age. For every living thing on earth, it turns out. Because 190 is the age of the oldest living land animal today. Jonathan, a giant tortoise. And a king. Who happens to be pansexual.

Guinness World Records, which conferred this honor on Jonathan shares:

Jonathan is believed to have been born c. 1832, making him 190 years old in 2022. Jonathan’s age is an estimate based on the fact that he was fully mature, and therefore at least 50 years old, when he arrived in Saint Helena from Seychelles in 1882. In all likelihood, he is even older than you think.

Jonathan the Giant Tortoise - the oldest grass-living land animal
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Around 1886, nearly 140 years ago, Jonathan was filmed. But honestly, he hasn’t aged a day. In recent photos, you can hardly tell that almost two decades have passed. That’s what being awesome will do for you. Although age is catching up with him a bit, Jonathan is generally living his best life. He outlived his kind by about 40 years, after all. And maybe even more than that. “Giant tortoises typically live to be around 150 years old,” Teeny Lucy of the St. Helena SPCA shared with PetaPixel. But “he is doing very well… He has a very good appetite”.

Jonathan, the oldest living land animal, a giant tortoise, in an image from the 1860s

A healthy appetite is important for a good life. And our oldest living land animal thrives in other ways too. “Despite his age, Jonathan still has a good libido and is frequently seen mating with Emma and sometimes Fred – animals are often not particularly gender sensitive!” Lucia shares.

Listen, the old saying goes that with age comes wisdom. And our pansexual turtle king makes it clear. Life is too short (especially if you’re not Jonathan), not to follow your heart. We should all aspire to emulate Jonathan in our lives. Jonathan the giant tortoise spends most of his life nibbling, loving and napping. Sounds like the secret to a good long life. Of course, there are sea animals that are even older than Jonathan, but we may struggle to imitate them.

So when you wonder about that third nap, think WWJD? And do like our oldest living land animal. Kudos to you Jonathan. Maybe 200 more.

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