(The Monitor Daily, US) – By far the oldest animal on the plant, Jonathan, the tortoise may yet outlive us all. Jonathan may hit the big two fifty thanks to Joe Hollins, the head veterinarian from St. Helena Island.
Here’s more on the giant turtle on St. Helena Island. According to local researchers, it is very likely that Jonathan, the tortoise, was born on Seychelles, an island which is situated on the east coast of Africa.
Jonathan was allegedly born in 1832 on the island of Seychelles. But according to the testimonies, the great Seychelles tortoise decided to see the world.
And so, by the time he was 50-year-old, Jonathan migrated to the St. Helena Island. Researchers are still unsure what prompted this strange migratory sense, but Seychelles’s loss is St. Helena’s gain.
Shortly after hitting the shores of St. Helena, Jonathan decided that the island is perfect for his needs, and decided to call the island his home away from home.
Since the tortoise arrived on the island in 1882, he made of habiting of roaming around the governor’s plantation. According to the available literature on the matter, it would seem that the tortoises from Jonathan species (Great Seychelles Tortoise) have an average lifespan of 150.
But Jonathan is not your every-day giant turtle. Apart from having 183 years, Jonathan is expected to life 70 years more thanks to the care and dedication of a local vet.
Jonathan may hit the big two fifty thanks to a wonder diet conceived by Joe Hollins, the local vet. Over the years, Jonathan, the star of St. Helena Island, has gradually lost his sense of smell and his eyesight.
After this happened, it grew harder and harder for the tortoise to find food. Lacking food, Jonathan lost a couple of pounds in the process.
A couple of years later, Joe Hollins, moved by the old geezer’s inability to eat, decided to give the old time a helping so. And so Hollins personally supervised Jonathan’s meals. He carefully picked up the best ingredients with high nutritional values for Jonathan. Joe managed to put the old geezer on its feet by hand feeding him each time.
Jonathan now has a balanced diet consisting of carrots, guava, apples, bananas and cucumbers. According to Jonathan’s caretaker, it would seem that the tortoise gained a few pounds, a sharper beak and glitter of joy is his eyes.
With this new diet and Hollins’s bedside manners, Jonathan may hit the big two fifty in no time.