It is believed that the 189-year-old male turtle is the largest land animal alive so far on Earth, despite losing his senses of smell and sight, according to “Sputnik”.
A male tortoise named “Jonathan” is a giant, attended World War I and II, and the Russian War, and contemplated 39 Presidents of the United States of America.
Joe Hollins, the private veterinarian accompanying the turtle, said that the old animal no longer sees anything because of cataracts, and he has lost his sense of smell and cannot distinguish the food that is presented to him, but fortunately he retains an excellent sense of hearing.
The oldest turtle
The doctor expressed his happiness for the presence of the oldest known living animal under his care, considering this a great privilege for him, and the veterinarian confirmed that there is an opportunity for the turtle to live until it reaches the full 250 years, but he also did not rule out his death in the coming days..
It is reported that Jonathan was brought to the island of Saint Helena, which is located in the Atlantic Ocean of Britain, when he was only 50 years old, and stayed there until he was 189 years old..
On the reason for the long life of the turtle, Jonathan, naturalist Rebecca Kearns Weeks said that there is no clear scientific reason for the turtle to reach this age, but she suggested that this is due to the effects of a herb called “monkey ears”, which is widely spread in the world. Saint Helena pastures.